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Mario Serrano-Losada graduated from the University of Salamanca in 2010 with a BA in Spanish, and again in 2012 with a BA in English. He also received an MA in Lexis and Communication from the University of Barcelona in 2011, and carried out research at the same university (Department of Hispanic Philology) the following year, on a postgraduate grant. In 2013 he moved to the University of Santiago de Compostela to prepare a PhD under the supervision of Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya. In December 2013 he was awarded a three-year I2C postgraduate grant (ref. PRE/2013/206) from the Regional Government of Galicia, and in June 2014 he obtained a four-year FPU grant (ref. FPU13/02618; 20/12/2013-19/12/2017) from the Spanish Ministry of Education. He has worked as a substitute lecturer in English at the University of Cantabria (April-October 2018) and as a postdoctoral fellow at Santiago, on a competitive grant (ref. ED481B 2018/041) funded by the Regional Government of Galicia. In September 2019 he moved to the Complutense University of Madrid on a tenure-track position as Lecturer ('Ayudante Doctor').

As an ERASMUS exchange student (2007-2008) Mario studied at Trinity College Dublin. During his period as postgrad he carried out research at the Department of Linguistics of KU Leuven (September-December 2015; MECD grant EST14/00486) and at the Department of English of the University of Amsterdam (September-December 2016; MECD grant EST15/00155). Between October 2018 and September 2019 Mario was a visiting researcher at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Edinburgh, on funding from the Regional Government of Galicia (grant ED481B 2018/041).

Mario is Section Editor for Historical Linguistics and Pragmatics of the peer-reviewed journal  Open Linguistics (De Gruyter Open). Between 2015 and 2019 he served on the Executive Board of AJIHLE, the Association of Young Researchers in Historiography and History of the Spanish Language, and was Associate Editor (‘Director Adjunto’)  of  its online journal Res Diachronicae. He also has experience in the organization of research meetings, like the 4th International UCM Predoctoral Conference on English Linguistics (UPCEL 2022; 24-25 January 2022). He currently coordinates the Master Universitario en Lingüistica Inglesa at the UCM.

In November 2018 Mario obtained the Catalina Montes Award to the best linguistics paper presented by a postgraduate student at the 42nd AEDEAN International Conference (University of Córdoba, 7-9 November). He has also received funding (ref. 2019/3612; €1.575) from the Vicerrectorate for Scientific Policy at the USC to support open access publishing of one his journal articles.

Contact information:

Departamento de Estudios Ingleses: Lingüística y Literatura
Facultad de Filología
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Avda. Complutense s/n
28040 Madrid

MA Dissertation (June 2011): Grammaticalization, subjectification and semantic change of Spanish resultar + INF. Supervisor: Mar Garachana-Camarero (University of Barcelona).

PhD Dissertation (22 June 2018): Evidential and mirative expressions in English and Spanish: grammaticalization and discourse functions (International Doctorate; Cum laude). Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya. Examiners: Professors Kristin Davidse (KU Leuven), Juana Marín Arrese (Complutense University of Madrid), María José López-Couso (USC). Click here to view a picture.

H-index & Publications:

(2024). Mind, language and society: Theoretical and descriptive approaches in cognitive linguistics. Cognitive Linguistic Studies 11(1): 1-7. [First author, with Daniela Pettersson-Traba].

(2024). Ed., with Daniela Pettersson-Traba. Cognitive approaches to mind, language and society: Theory and description. Special issue of Cognitive Linguistic Studies 11(1): 1-253 .

(2023). Un paradigma en potencia: los verbos de ascenso evidenciales y admirativos en la historia del inglés. Revista Española de Lingüística 53(1): 147-178.

(2023). Spoiler alert, this is no spoiler: Mirativity, assumption and irony at play. In Stance, inter/subjectivity and identity in discourse, ed. by Juana I. Marín Arrese & Juan Rafael Zamorano Mansilla, pp. 479-501. Bern: Peter Lang.

(2022). On the development of mirative readings: a contrastive study on English and Spanish. In Moving beyond the Pandemic: English and American Studies in Spain, ed. by Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto, Mª del Carmen Camus-Camus & Jesús Ángel González-López, pp. 109-117. Santander: Editorial de la Universidad de Cantabria.

(2020). Analogization at work: Evidential and mirative as-parentheticals with raising verbs in Late Modern English. In Advances in English and American Studies: Current developments, future trends", ed. by Pilar Guerrero-Medina, Macarena Palma Gutiérrez & María Valero Redondo. Córdoba: UCOPress / Editorial Universidad de Córdoba, pp. 163-173. 

(2020). Analogy-driven change: The emergence and development of mirative end up constructions in American EnglishEnglish Language and Linguistics 24(1): 97-121. [Article available in open access.]

(2017). Raising turn out in Late Modern English: The rise of a mirative predicate. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 15(2): 411-437. Special issue on The linguistic expression of mirativity, ed. by Agnès Celle & Anastasios Tsangalidis.

(2017). On English 'turn out' and Spanish 'resultar' mirative constructions. A case of ongoing grammaticalization?. Journal of Historical Linguistics 7(1/2): 160-189. Special issue on The rise and development of evidential and epistemic markers, ed. by Silvio Cruschina & Eva-Maria Remberger.

(2017). The rise and development of parenthetical needless to say: An assumed evidential strategy. Journal of Historical Linguistics 7(1/2): 134-159. Special issue on The rise and development of evidential and epistemic markers, ed. by Silvio Cruschina & Eva-Maria Remberger. [Second author, with Zeltia Blanco-Suárez.]

(2015). Multimodal metaphorical and metonymic renderings of pain in advertising: A case study. RAEL. Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada 14(1): 35-51.

(2015). Element-final like in Irish English: Notes on its pervasiveness, incidence and distribution. In Englishes Today: Multiple varieties, multiple perspectives, ed. by Cristina Suárez-Gómez & Elena Seoane. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 9-31. ISBN-10: 1-4438-8386-7. (Volume reviewed by Ana Lucia Borges Simoes Fonseca, Linguist List, issue 28.99, Jan 06 2017).

(2015). De pullas y puyas. In Actas del IX Congreso Internacional de Historia de la Lengua Española (Cádiz, 10-14 septiembre 2012), Vol. 2. General editor: José María García Martín. Madrid & Frankfurt: Iberoamericana / Vervuert, pp. 1655-1670. ISBN: 978-84-8489-898-6.

(2015). Pragmática. (Colección Unidadesdidácticas; Servizo de Normalización Lingüística). Santiago de Compostela: Servicio de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico. ISBN 978-84-16533-39-8. [First author, with Teresa Fanego.]

(2014). Review of Bettina Migge & Máire Ní Chiosáin, eds. New perspectives on Irish English (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012). Language in Society 43(4): 480-481.

(2013). Review of Manuel Díaz-Campos, ed. The handbook of Hispanic sociolinguistics (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Language in Society 42(2): 232-233.

Conference presentations:

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