José Pinto de Lima graduated in Germanic Philology at the University of Lisbon, where he started as a lecturer in 1977, From 2003 to 2007 he was a researcher of the CEAE, Centro de Estudos Alemães e Europeus. Since 2007 he is a researcher of the CECC, Centro de Estudos de Comunicação e Cultura (FCT), in the Research Line “Translating Europe Across the Ages”. From 2008, he is also a collaborator of CLUNL, the Linguistics research Centre of Universidade NOVA de Lisboa, in the Research Group “Grammar & Text”. At present, his main area of research is the theory of grammaticalization and language change, mainly of the Portuguese and German languages. He is a member of the Nominating Committee of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, and was the Local Organizer of the 42nd International Conference of the SLE, which took place at the University of Lisbon in September 2009.