Daniela Pettersson-Traba holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela (July 2014) and an MA in English Studies (September 2015). In October 2015 she started work on her PhD, on a research contract funded by
the VLCG unit; her PhD advisor is María José López-Couso. In June 2016 she was awarded a competitive three-year postgraduate grant (ref. ED481A-2016/168; 30/06/2016-29/06/2019) from the Regional Government of Galicia.
Daniela completed her Secondary Education at Rudbeckianska Gymnasiet (Västerås, Sweden). As an ERASMUS exchange student she studied at Roehampton University, UK (2012-2013), and between 2015 and 2017 she was actively involved in ESN Santiago (International Erasmus Student Network Santiago).
In November 2015 Daniela obtained one of the annual awards granted to junior investigators by AEDEAN, the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies. She has also received (December 2015) the Extraordinary MA Award from the Faculty of Philology of the University of Santiago de Compostela.
In April 2016 Daniela stayed at the Department of English of University College London, carrying out research under the supervision of Dr Kathryn Allan. During the Spring of 2017 she was away on a three-month research stay at the Department of Linguistics of KU Leuven; her tutor was Professor Dirk Speelman.
Daniela has experience in the compilation and transcription of digital corpora; she helped the VLCG team
compile the Corpus of Historical English Law Reports 1535-1999 (CHELAR). She has also been actively involved in the organization of the VI Encontro da Mocidade Investigadora, which was held at the University of Santiago de
Compostela on 12-13 June 2018.
This session Daniela has taught courses on Inglés Técnico (Ingeniería Química) and Aprendizaxe de linguas en contextos multilingües (Santiago Campus).
Department of English and German
Facultad de Filología
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN
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MA Dissertation (September 2015): A preliminary corpus-based diachronic analysis of the behavioral profile of a set of near-synonyms in American English. Supervisor: María José López-Couso
H-index & Publications:
(Accepted). "A diachronic perspective on near-synonymy: The concept of SWEET-SMELLING in American English". Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory.
(2016). "Analyzing the behavioral profiles of sets of near-synonyms in American English from a diachronic perspective". Actas de las II Jornadas Doctorales de la Universidad de Murcia, 31 mayo-2 junio 2016. Murcia: Escuela Internacional de Doctorado. ISBN 978-84-608-9778-1. [Published online].
27-31 August 2018: ICEHL XX, University of Edinburgh (UK): "Distributional changes in synonym sets: The case of fragrant, scented, and perfumed in 19th- and 20th-century American English"
12-13 June 2018: VI Encontro da Mocidade investigadora en Artes e Humanidades, Ciencias Sociais e Xurídicas, University of Santiago de Compostela: "Measuring semantic similarity in Late Modern and Contemporary American English: A corpus-based study".
30 May-3 June 2018: ICAME 39, University of Tampere (Finland): "Synonymy revisited: Some diachronic notes on the concept SWEET-SMELLING in American English".
4-5 April 2017: Santiago-Leuven-Edinburgh Seminar on Grammatical Variation and Change in English, KU Leuven: “A diachronic account of the behavioral profiles of fragrant, perfumed, scented, and sweet-smelling in American English: A pilot study”.
9-10 June 2016: IV Encontro da Mocidade Investigadora, University of Santiago de Compostela, "A diachronic behavioral profile study of near-synonyms in American English: Adjectives as a case in point".
31 May-2 June 2016: II Jornadas Doctorales de la Universidad de Murcia, University of Murcia: "Analyzing the behavioral profiles of sets of near-synonyms in American English from a diachronic perspective".
10-11 December 2015: II Jornadas de Iniciación a la Investigación Lingüística, University of Extremadura: "Is it fragrant, perfumed, scented, or sweet-smelling? A preliminary diachronic corpus-based behavioral profile study of near-synonyms in American English, with a focus on collocational behavior".