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Paula Rodríguez-Puente received an MA in English Language and Literature (2004) from the University of Santiago de Compostela and a PhD in English Linguistics (2013). Between 2008 and 2012 she held a four-year FPI research grant (ref. BES-2008-002638) from the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation, within research project HUM2007-60706 (PI: Teresa Fanego). In September 2012 she obtained a position as Assistant Lecturer ('Ayudante') at the Department of Philology at the University of Cantabria (Spain), where she also served as Coordinator for International Relations at the Faculty of Education. Since January 2016 Paula has worked at the Department of English, French and German of the University of Oviedo, where she is currently a Senior Lecturer ('TU').

Paula has taught Spanish at the School of Humanities, Languages and Social Sciences of the University of Wolverhampton (2004-2005). She has carried out research at the Universities of Freiburg (2009), Manchester (2010), and Helsinki (2012), and at the Bodleian Library (2010), on an ESSE bursary. She has given invited talks and plenary lectures at conferences and forums such as the V Conference Innovation in Philology and Communication Studies (Valencia, 2016), II ASYRAS Research Workshop in English Studies (2020), Osaka Graduate School of Language and Culture (2021), III AEDEAN Doctoral Seminar (Cantabria, 2022), and the symposium Historical English Word-Formation (Munich, 2023).

Paula has experience in the compilation of electronic corpora: she helped the VLCG team compile British English legal texts for the ARCHER corpus, and has coordinated the compilation and tagging of the Corpus of Historical English Law Reports 1535-1999 (CHELAR) and the Corpus of Contemporary English Legal Decisions, 1950-2021 (CoCELD). She has also been involved in the organization of a number of research meetings: she was one of the organizers of ELC2 (Second International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics, (October 2009), and chaired the third edition of this conference series, held at Santiago de Compostela in September 2012. At the University of Cantabria she organized the Seminario modular plurilingüe de lengua y literatura "Nuevas perspectivas en el estudio del patrimonio lingüístico-literario" (17-24 April 2015) and the IV Congreso Internacional de Lingüística y Literatura (20-22 June 2016). At ICAME38, held in May 2017 at Charles University in Prague, she convened an international workshop on “Advances in corpora of legal English: investigating variation in legal discourse”.

Paula convenes the Historical Linguistics panel at the annual conferences of AEDEAN, the Spanish Association for English and American Studies, and also the panel Corpus-based Grammatical Studies at the annual conferences of AELINCO, the Spanish Association for Corpus Linguistics. In May 2019 she and Carlos Prado-Alonso were appointed editors of AELINCO’s official journal,  Research in Corpus Linguistics (RiCL).

Paula’s research monograph The English phrasal verb, 1650-present. History, stylistic drifts, and lexicalisation (Cambridge University Press, 2019) has received from AEDEAN the Leocadio Martín Mingorance Book Award 2019 for Theoretical and Applied English Linguistics, and from ESSE the 2020 Book Award in the category of English Language and Linguistics. She is currently supervising the PhD dissertation of David Hernández-Coalla, jointly with Javier Pérez-Guerra (UVigo), under grant FPU21/06186.

Contact information:

Department of English, French and German
University of Oviedo
Campus de El Milán
C/ Teniente Alfonso Martínez s/n
E-33011 Oviedo, SPAIN
Phone: +34 985104570

PhD Dissertation (defended 4 September 2013; European Doctorate; Faculty of Philology Extraordinary PhD Award 2012-2013): The development of phrasal verbs in British English from 1650 to 1990: a corpus-based study. Supervisor: María José López-Couso. Examiners: Professors Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela), Risto Hiltunen (University of Turku), Juan Camilo Conde-Silvestre (University of Murcia), Belén Méndez-Naya (University of Santiago de Compostela), Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (University of Vigo).

H-index & Publications:

(2024). "Is legal discourse really "outside the ravages of time"? A diachronic analysis of nominalizations in British judicial decisions". In Unlocking the history of English. Pragmatics, prescriptivism and text types, ed. by Luisella Caon, Moragh S. Gordon & Thijs Porck, pp. 102-129. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.Amsterdam: John Benjamins.

(2023). "The Corpus of Contemporary English Legal Decisions, 1950-2021 (CoCELD): A new tool for analysing recent changes in English legal discourse". ICAME Journal 47: 109-117. [First author, with David Hernández-Coalla.] DOI: 10.2478/icame-2023-0006

(2022). "Phrasal verbs in Early Modern English spoken language: A colloquialization conspiracy?" English Language and Linguistics 26(4): 807-831. [First author, with María Obaya-Cueli.] Published in OA; DOI: 10.1017/S1360674322000065

(2022). "New methods for analysing diachronic suffix competition across registers: How -ity gained ground on -ness in Early Modern English". In Corpus studies of language through time. Special issue of International Journal of Corpus Linguistics 27(4): 506-528, ed. by Tony McEnery, Gavin Brookes and Isobelle Clarke. [First author, with Tanja Säily & Jukka Suomela.] DOI: 10.1075/ijcl.22014.rod

(2022). Corpus of Contemporary English Legal Decisions, 1950-2021 (CoCELD). Oviedo: University of Oviedo. ISBN: 978-84-09-37922-4. [First author, with David Hernández-Coalla.]

(2021). "Nominalizations in Early Modern English: A cross-register perspective". In Corpus-based approaches to register variation (Studies in Corpus Linguistics 103), ed. by Elena Seoane & Douglas Biber. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 259-289. ISBN 9789027210548

(2020). "Developing and exploiting the Corpus of Historical English Law Reports 1535-1999(CHELAR)". Nexus AEDEAN 2020(2): 39-43. [With Teresa Fanego.]

(2020).“Historical legal discourse: British law reports". In The Routledge Handbook of Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis, ed. by Eric Friginal & Jack A. Hardy. New York: Routledge, pp. 499-517. ISBN 9780367201814.

(2020). "Register variation in word-formation processes: The development of -ity and -ness in Early Modern English". International Journal of English Studies 20(2): 147-169. [Special issue on Standardisation and Change in Early Modern English: Empirical Approaches, ed. by Laura Esteban-Segura & Javier Calle-Martín.] 

(2020), ed. Of ye olde English langage and textsNew perspectives on Old and Middle English language and literature. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature 57). Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa & Wien: Peter Lang. ISBN: 978-3-631-81795-7; 344 pp. [Third editor, with Rodrigo Pérez-Lorido & Carlos Prado-Alonso.]

(2019). “Mark-up and annotation in the Corpus of Historical English Law Reports (CHELAR): Potential for historical genre analysis”. Atlantis. Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies 41(2): 63-84. [First author, with Cristina Blanco-García & Iván Tamaredo.]

(2019). Corpus-based research on variation in English legal discourse. (Studies in Corpus Linguistics 91). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins. viii + 294 pp. ISBN 978 9027202352. [Second editor, with Teresa Fanego.]  Reviews: Zhiying Xin & Jiawei Wang, International Journal of Speech, Language and the Law 26/1 (2019): 1-6; Marijana Javornik Čubrić, LINGUIST List, issue 30.4177 (Nov 05 2019); Haoda Feng, Applied Linguistics 43/4 (2022): 833-835; Zhengrui Han, Discourse Studies 22/2 (2020): 243-245; Christopher Williams, Research in Corpus Linguistics 8/1 (2020): 178-194; Virginia Mattioli, Miscelánea. A Journal of English and American Studies 63 (2021): 179-184; Shuqiong Wu, Discourse & Society 32/2 (2021): 254-263. This volume has been honoured with the 2021 Book Award of the Spanish Association for Applied Linguistics (AESLA).

(2019). "'Why may not that be the skull of a lawyer?' English legal discourse past and present". In Corpus-based research on variation in English legal discourse, ed. by Teresa Fanego & Paula Rodríguez-Puente. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 1-21. [Second author, with Teresa Fanego.]

(2019). "Interpersonality in legal written discourse: A diachronic analysis of personal pronouns in law reports, 1535-present". In Corpus-based research on variation in English legal discourse, ed. by Teresa Fanego & Paula Rodríguez-Puente. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 171-199.

(2019). The English phrasal verb, 1650-present. History, stylistic drifts, and lexicalisation (Studies in English Language). Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. xx + 321 pp. ISBN: 9781107101746. Reviews: Claudia Claridge, English Language and Linguistics 25/2 (2020): 413-418; Ismael I. Teomiro García, Nexus AEDEAN 2021/1: 60-63; Cathy Parc, Lexis - Journal in English Lexicology 2023.

(2018). Rodríguez-Puente, Paula / Teresa Fanego / María José López-Couso / Belén Méndez-Naya / Paloma Núñez-Pertejo / Cristina Blanco-García / Iván Tamaredo. Corpus of Historical English Law Reports 1535–1999 (CHELAR), v.2. Santiago de Compostela: Research Unit for Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization, University of Santiago de Compostela. ISBN: 978-84-09-07633-8.

(2018). “En busca de lo hablado en lo escrito en los corpus diacrónicos del español: una comparativa con los corpus anglosajones.” e-Scripta Romanica 5: 89-127.

(2017). "The Corpus of Historical English Law Reports 1535-1999 (CHELAR): A resource for analysing the development of English legal discourse." ICAME Journal 41: 53-82. [Second author, with Teresa Fanego, María José López-Couso, Belén Méndez-Naya, Paloma Núñez-Pertejo, Cristina Blanco-García & Iván Tamaredo.]

(2017). "Tracking down phrasal verbs in the spoken language of the past: Late Modern English in focus". English Language and Linguistics 21(1): 69-97.

(2016). Rodríguez-Puente, Paula / Teresa Fanego / María José López-Couso / Belén Méndez-Naya / Paloma Núñez-Pertejo. Corpus of Historical English Law Reports 1535-1999 (CHELAR), v.1. Santiago de Compostela: Research Unit for Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization, University of Santiago de Compostela. ISBN: 978-84-608-8006-6.

(2016). "Particle placement in Late Modern English and twentieth-century English: Morpho-syntactic variables". Folia Linguistica Historica 37: 145-175.

(2014). "Colloquialization and 'decolloquialization': Phrasal verbs in formal contexts: 1650-1990". In Contact, variation and change in the history of English, ed. by Simone E. Pfenninger, Olga Timofeeva, Anne Gardner, Alpo Honkapohja, Marianne Hundt and Daniel Schreier. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 163-186.

(2014), ed. Current research in Applied Linguistics: Issues on language and cognition. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (10): 1-4438-5354-2, 301 pp. [First editor, with Teresa Fanego, Evelyn Gandón-Chapela, Sara Riveiro-Outeiral & Mª Luisa Roca-Varela.]

(2014). "Introduction". In Current research in Applied Linguistics: Issues on language and cognition, ed. by Paula Rodríguez-Puente, Teresa Fanego, Evelyn Gandón-Chapela, Sara Riveiro-Outeiral & Mª Luisa Roca-Varela. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 1-8. ISBN (10): 1-4438-5354-2.

(2013). "A turn of the screw in the semantics of phrasal verbs: Phrasal verbs with up as a test case". In Periphrasis, replacement and renewal: Studies in English historical linguistics, ed. by Irén Hegedüs & Dóra Pödör. Newcastle-upon-Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 243-265.

(2012). "'These I had never before observed down'. A corpus-based study of phrasal verbs in Late Modern English". Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 113(4): 433-456.

(2012). "Talking 'private' with phrasal verbs: a corpus-based study of the use of phrasal verbs in diaries, journals and private letters". In Outposts of historical corpus linguistics: From the Helsinki Corpus to a proliferation of resources (Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English 10), ed. by Jukka Tyrkkö, Matti Kilpiö, Terttu Nevalainen & Matti Rissanen. Helsinki: University of Helsinki.

(2012), ed. New trends and methodologies in applied English language research II: Studies in language variation, meaning and learning. (Linguistic Insights 145). Bern, etc.: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-0343-1061-1, 283 pp. [Fourth editor, with David Tizón-Couto, Beatriz Tizón-Couto & Iria Pastor-Gómez.]

(2012). "The development of non-compositional meanings in phrasal verbs: A corpus-based study". English Studies 93(1): 71-90.

(2011). "Introducing the Corpus of Historical English Law Reports: Structure and compilation techniques". Revista de Lenguas para Fines Específicos 17: 99-120 [Special Issue on Diachronic English for Specific Purposes].

(2010). "Phrasal verbs in Late Modern English: Evidence from ARCHER 3.1". In Analysing data > Describing variation. Proceedings of the XXVIII International Conference of AESLA, ed. by Javier Pérez-Guerra et al. Vigo: University of Vigo, pp. 865-873.

(2009). “The effects of lexicalization, grammaticalization and idiomatization on phrasal verbs in English: some combinations with get as a test case”. In New trends and methodologies in applied English language research. Diachronic, diatopic and contrastive studies, ed. by Carlos Prado-Alonso, Lidia Gómez-García, Iria Pastor-Gómez & David Tizón-Couto. (Linguistic Insights Series 103). Bern, etc.: Peter Lang, pp. 71-85.

(2009). "Is there a prototypical phrasal verb? On the relationship between phrasal verbs and the processes of grammaticalization, lexicalization and idiomatization". In Applied linguistics now: Understanding language and mind, ed. by Carmen M. Bretones Callejas et al. Almería: Universidad de Almería, pp. 1671-1680.

(2009). “How to define a phrasal verb? Testing the validity of structural criteria for the identification of phrasal verbs”. In New perspectives on English studies (Proceedings of the 32nd AEDEAN International Conference), ed. by Marián Amengual, María Juan & Joana Salazar. Palma: Edicions UIB, pp. 604-610.

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