nEWS & EVENTS
17-19 November 2017: International workshop on Gradience and Constructional Change, to be held at the University of Edinburgh. It is organised by VLCG in cooperation with the Universities of Edinburgh and KU Leuven, as one of the activities of our current research project on gradience, constructionalization and linguistic variation (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, grant no. FFI2014-52188-P; PI: Teresa Fanego).
1June 2017: at the 9th International Conference of AELINCO (Spanish Association for Corpus Linguistics) recently held at the Université Paris Diderot – Paris 7, María José López-Couso, Belén Méndez-Naya, Paloma Núñez-Pertejo and Ignacio Palacios received the 1st Research Award Aquilino Sánchez (‘MODALIDAD A: Premio de investigación para investigadores/as experimentados/as’) for the volume Corpus linguistics on the move: Exploring and understanding English through corpora (Language and Computers Series 79). Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2016.
5 May 2017: at the 35th International Conference of AESLA (Spanish Association for Applied Linguistics) recently held at the University of Jaén, María José López-Couso, Belén Méndez-Naya, Paloma Núñez-Pertejo and Ignacio Palacios received the prestigious 2017 AESLA Research Award (‘XX Premio de Investigación AESLA para investigadores/as experimentados’) for the volume Corpus linguistics on the move: Exploring and understanding English through corpora (Language and Computers Series 79). Amsterdam: Brill/Rodopi, 2016.
10 November 2016: at the 40th AEDEAN International Conference (University of Zaragoza at Huesca, 9-11 November 2016) Noelia Castro-Chao obtained the ‘Catalina Montes’ Award to the best paper presented by a postgraduate student.
10 June 2016: it was announced that Daniela Pettersson-Traba obtained a competitive three-year postgraduate grant from the Regional Government of Galicia, to prepare a PhD under the supervision of María José López-Couso.
9 March 2016: Raphael Berthele, Professor of Multilingualism at the University of Fribourg (Switzerland) gave a seminar at the research unit on the topic "Posture in caused motion and in static spatial relations. Typological differences and convergence phenomena in Germanic and Romance varieties".
7 March 2016: Paula Rodríguez-Puente's dissertation on the development of phrasal verbs in British English from 1650 to 1990 has received the Extraordinary PhD Award 2012-2013 from the Faculty of Philology at the University of Santiago de Compostela.
3 March 2016: at the 8th International Conference of the Spanish Association for Corpus Linguistics (AELINCO), held at the University of Málaga on 2-4 March 2016, Carlos Prado-Alonso was appointed scientific convenor of the panel “Corpus-based studies of variation and linguistic change”, for a three-year term. Carlos succeeds María José López-Couso.
17 February 2016: Lachlan MacKenzie, Emeritus Professor of Functional Linguistics at the Free University of Amsterdam and co-editor of the international journal Functions of Language, was invited by the VLCG team to give a seminar at the Centro de Estudios Avanzados (CEA) of the University of Santiago de Compostela, on the topic "Design and award criteria for European Union projects: a guide to the maze".
17 November 2015: Iván Tamaredo obtained a competitive four-year FPI grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, to prepare a PhD under the supervision of Teresa Fanego and J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña.
16 July 2015: it was announced that Noelia Castro-Chao has obtained a four-year FPU postgraduate grant (ref. FPU2014/03208) from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Noelia's PhD advisor is Teresa Fanego.
15 April 2015: the VLCG team has received funding from the National Programme for Excellence in Scientific and Technical Research (Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness), to carry out the following project involving international cooperation with research teams from KU Leuven and Edinburgh: "Exploring gradience and constructionalization in linguistic variation: evidence from contemporary and historical English" (grant FFI2014-52188-P; funding awarded: 89.540 €, plus one four-year PhD research position). Principal Investigator: Teresa Fanego.
28 September 2014: the Regional Government of Galicia (Directorate General for Scientific and
Technological Promotion) granted us renewed funding (€120.000; grant R2014/016) for a two-year term (2014-2015), to support the activities of the research network English Linguistics Circle. Principal Investigator: Teresa Fanego.
25 September 2014: it was announced that the VLCG team has earned renewed
funding from the Regional Government of Galicia (Directorate General for
Scientific and Technological Promotion) for the period 2014-2016 (grant no.
GPC2014/004; €70.000). Principal Investigator: Teresa Fanego.
27 June 2014: it was announced that Mario Serrano-Losada has obtained a four-year FPU postgraduate grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Mario's PhD advisors are Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya.
26-27 June 2014: Pascual Cantos,
Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Murcia, visited the VLCG unit to teach a six-hour seminar on "Introducción a la cuantificación de datos lingüísticos: descripción estadística, toma de decisiones y modelaje". The outline and contents of the seminar can be found here.
7 November 2013: Mario Serrano-Losada was awarded a three-year I2C postgraduate grant (ref. PRE/2013/206) from the Directorate General for University Policy of the Regional Government of Galicia.
22-26 May 2013: the VLCG team hosted the 34th International Conference of the
International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME 34). Jenny Cheshire (Queen Mary University of London), Holger Diessel
(Friedrich-Schiller-Universität Jena), Marianne Hundt (University of Zurich) and Ken
Hyland (Hong Kong) gave plenary presentations. The organising committee was
chaired by María José López-Couso.
December 2012 onwards: Cristina Blanco-García and Tamara Bouso obtained four-year postgraduate grants from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness and the Spanish Ministry of Education, respectively. Tamara’s PhD advisors are Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya; Cristina’s PhD advisor is María José López-Couso
September-October 2012: Bernd Kortmann (Freiburg) and Elizabeth Closs Traugott (Stanford) visited our research unit to teach seminars on the topics "Exploring grammatical variation in the Anglophone world" and "Constructional changes and Constructionalization", respectively. Click here to view a picture of Elizabeth Traugott with some members of staff and postgraduate students (from left to right: Cristina Suárez, Belén Méndez, Paloma Núñez, Zeltia Blanco, Teresa Fanego, Elizabeth Traugott, María José López-Couso, Aleksandra Kaverina, Tamara Bouso, Tania de Dios, Beatriz Mato, Cristina Blanco, Alba Pérez-González).
21-22 September 2012: Third International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC3). This was a meeting organized by the research group VLCG and the network English Linguistics Circle. Plenary speakers: José Manuel Igoa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), Pilar García-Mayo (University of the Basque Country), and Graeme Trousdale (University of Edinburgh).
October 2011: our PhD Programme in English Language and Literature received official recognition for Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Only four other PhD programmes in the field of English studies were awarded this distinction, namely the programmes at the universities of Murcia, Salamanca/Valladolid, Zaragoza and Madrid Complutense.
7 October 2011: It was announced that Tania de Dios and Beatriz Mato-Míguez have been awarded four-year FPU research grants from the Spanish Ministry of Education, to prepare PhDs under the supervision of María José López-Couso and Teresa Fanego.
27 September 2011: Lucía Loureiro-Porto obtained a position as tenured Senior Lecturer at the University of the Balearic Islands. Here is a photograph of Lucía officially assuming her new ‘office’.
29 July 2011: the Autonomous Government of Galicia (Directorate General for Scientific and Technological Promotion) granted us renewed funding (€120.000; grant CN2011-011) for the research network English Linguistics Circle. Principal Investigator: Teresa Fanego.
21 July 2011: we are proud to announce that we have received funding from the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation for two new research projects, namely "Constructionalization and grammaticalization in English” (grant FFI2011-26693-C02-01 / €108.900 + 1 four-year research position) and “Morphosyntactic variation in New Englishes” (grant FFI2011-26693-C02-02 / €27.830). These projects will be carried out in coordination at the Universities of Santiago de Compostela (Principal Investigator: María José López-Couso) and the Balearic Islands (Principal Investigator: Cristina Suárez-Gómez).
8-10 June 2011: Liesbet Heyvaert (University of Leuven) visited our research unit and gave a seminar on “The semantics of the gerund”.
19 October 2010: Cristina Suárez-Gómez obtained a position as tenured Senior Lecturer at the University of the Balearic Islands. Here is a photograph of Cristina officially assuming her new ‘office’.
8-9 July 2010: as part of the activities of the network Corpus Design and Annotation, in which we participate with eight other research groups from Galicia, we organized an international Seminar on Corpus Linguistics. The speakers were Dominique Longrée (Université de Liège), Mark Davies (Brigham Young University), Sebastian Hoffmann (Universität Trier), Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton University), Amaya Mendikoetxea (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid), and Christian Mair (Universität Freiburg). The programme can be found here.
4 May 2010: it was announced that Zeltia Blanco-Suárez has received the National Award for Academic Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Congratulations, Zeltia!
8-9 April 2010: Philip Durkin (OUP) and Kathryn Allan (UCL) visited our Department. Kathryn will be an invited speaker at the 11th ELC Research Seminar, with a talk on “An academic question? Exploring the meaning of a contemporary keyword through historical text resources”.
10 February 2010: Cristina Suárez-Gómez has passed the national examination to qualify for promotion to a position as tenured Senior Lecturer.
30-31 October 2009: the Second ELC International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC2) was held at the University of Vigo. The conference was organised by postgraduate students from the English
Departments of the Universities of Vigo and Santiago de Compostela, and was
supported by the English Linguistics Circle. The plenary speakers were María José López-Couso (Santiago), Geoff Thompson (Liverpool) and Terence Odlin (Ohio State University).
2-3 October 2009: the University of Vigo hosted the First Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop on the Structure of the Noun Phrase in English: Synchronic and Diachronic Explorations (NP1). This international workshop was organised by Javier Pérez-Guerra and his team at the University of Vigo, in cooperation with VLCG, with the School of English at the University of Newcastle, and with the Functional Linguistics group at the University of Leuven. NP2 will be held in 2011 at the University of Newcastle.
23 July 2009: it was announced that we have been awarded a new grant (2009/047; 120.000 euros) from the Autonomous Government of Galicia, to develop a network on Corpus Design and Annotation. The network is coordinated by Guillermo Rojo, Professor of Hispanic Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and comprises nine research groups from the Universities of Santiago de Compostela, La Coruña and Vigo.
June 2009: following a meeting held at ICAME30 (Lancaster) on 28 May 2009, we have joined the international consortium of universities carrying out the expansion and tagging of ARCHER, the diachronic corpus of British and American English registers
originally compiled by Douglas Biber and Edward Finegan in the early
1990s. For further information on this project see the entry ARCHER on this website.
27 May 2009: it was announced that our PhD students Iria-Gael Romay and Zeltia Blanco-Suárez had been awarded four-year FPU research grants from the
Spanish Ministry of Education.
22 April 2009: Ronald W. Langacker (University of California at San Diego) taught a four-hour seminar on "The functional organization of English clauses". The course materials can be accessed here.
9-15 February 2009: Santiago González Fernández-Corugedo (University of Oviedo) taught a postgraduate seminaron Textual editing and criticism.
23 January 2009: Carlos Prado-Alonso has been awarded a three-year postdoctoral scholarship from the Directorate General for Research, Development and Innovation of the Autonomous Government of Galicia for the period December 2008 to December 2011.
19-27 November 2008: Anette Rosenbach (University of Paderborn) taught a postgraduate seminar on Determinants of grammatical variation in English.
14 November 2008: it was announced that the Autonomous Government of Galicia (Directorate General of Scientific and Technological Promotion) had awarded the team a new grant (2008/047 / 150 000 euros).
22-29 June 2008: Alexander Bergs (University of Osnabrück) stayed at our Department as a Visiting Professor to teach a graduate seminar on Sociohistorical linguistics: Principles and methods.14-25 June 2008: Gregory Ward (Northwestern University) stayed at our Department as a Visiting Professor to teach a graduate seminar on Information Structure and Word Order Variation. The course materials can be accessed here: Introduction; Theoretical preliminaries; Preposing; Argument Reversal, as also a picture from the last session.
10-11 May 2008: Carlos Prado-Alonso, Iria Pastor-Gómez and a group of postgraduate students from the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo organized the First ELC International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics. The distinguished plenary speakers were Ingo Plag (University of Siegen), Geoffrey K. Pullum (University of Edinburgh) and Antonella Sorace (University of Edinburgh). Below you can find the titles and abstracts of their presentations, and some pictures.
- Ingo Plag: Creoles as interlanguages: predictions and implications [photo]
Geoffrey K. Pullum:
The discipline where time stood still: stagnation in the study of English grammar, and what we can do about it [photo
- Antonella Sorace: Variation and instability in bilingual speakers: seeing both the forest and the trees [photo]
The ELC (English Linguistics Circle) is a network funded by the Autonomous Government of Galicia; it involves our team and the research teams SPERTUS (Spoken English Research at the University of Santiago de Compostela; Director: Ignacio Palacios) and Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (University of Vigo; Director: Javier Pérez-Guerra).
19-24 February 2008: Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto) stayed in Santiago to teach a postgraduate seminar on the topic Goldvarb-ing: Everything you always wanted to know about variation analysis. An outline of the seminar can be found here.
5 July 2007: it was announced that the Spanish Ministry of Education and Science had awarded the team a new grant (HUM2007-60706) and had included the project in the category CONSOLIDER, a Programme of Excellence intended to promote high-quality scientific research.
3-10 June 2007: Karin Aijmer (Göteborg University) visited the Department of English to teach a postgraduate seminar on “Discourse and corpus studies: Theory and applications”.
31 May 2007: Torsten Leuschner (Ghent University) and Debra Ziegeler visited the Department of English and gave lectures on the topics "Hypotaxis as building-site: The grammaticalization of concessive conditionals" and "Retention and anti-retention in contact grammaticalization", respectively .
5-9 March 2007: Päivi Pahta (University of Tampere) lectured on "Diachronic perspectives on the language of science". Click here to see a photograph of Paivi, with Elena Seoane and Teresa Fanego, during her stay in Santiago.
20 December 2006: the research group obtained a new grant (reference no. 2006/14-0; Directorate General of Scientific and Technological Promotion, Autonomous Government of Galicia) to increase its cooperation with the research groups SPERTUS (Spoken English Research at the University of Santiago de Compostela; Director: Ignacio Palacios) and Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (University of Vigo; Director: Javier Pérez-Guerra).
2 December 2006: Hubert Cuyckens (University of Leuven) visited the Department of English and gave a lecture on "Clausal complementation in English: Variation and change".
October-November 2006: Nikolaus Ritt (University of Vienna) stayed at the Department of English to teach a postgraduate seminar and several undergraduate courses.
October 2006: Vladimir Plungian (Russian Academy of Sciences) visited the Department of English and gave a lecture on the typology of discontinuous past marking.
June 2006: Christopher S. Butler (Swansea University) and Geoffrey Leech (University of Lancaster) stayed at the Department as Visiting Professors.
The latter was interviewed by Paloma Núñez-Pertejo; click here to read his very interesting comments on teaching, research, and corpus linguistics.
April 2006: Johan van der Auwera (University of Antwerp) stayed at the Department of English teaching a postgraduate course on typology.