Tamara Bouso holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela (June 2011) and an MA in English Studies (September 2012). In July 2019 she completed an MA in Secondary Education at the UNIR (Universidad Internacional de La Rioja).
Between 2013 and 2017 Tamara held a four-year FPU research grant (ref. FPU2012/01669; 05/03/2013 - 04/03/2017) funded by the Spanish Ministry of Education, to prepare a PhD in English Linguistics under the supervision of Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya.
As an ERASMUS exchange student (2009-2010) Tamara studied at the University of Birmingham. As a postgraduate student she has carried out research at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Edinburgh (September-December 2014; MECD grant EST13/00567), and at the University of Neuchâtel (June-July 2016; MECD grant EST15/00230). She has been invited to teach and/or present results of her work at the Universities of Osnabrück (May 2016, January-February 2020), Mainz (April 2018), Neuchâtel (September 2019), UC Riverside (August 2020) and California State University - Fullerton (February 2021).
In November 2012 Tamara received one of the annual awards granted to junior investigators by AEDEAN, the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies. In December 2019 she obtained the Extraordinary PhD Award 2017-2018 from the University of Santiago de Compostela, in competition with 13 other candidates in the field of Arts and Humanities.
Tamara has experience in the organization of research meetings, such as the Fourth International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC4), held at the University of Vigo (Spain) in February 2015, and in the compilation of digital corpora. Together with Pablo Ruano-San Segundo (U. of Extremadura) she has compiled the British Sentimental Novel Corpus, a 21 m. word corpus spanning the Romantic (1798-1836) and Victorian periods (1837-1900).
In June 2019 Tamara obtained a position at the Faculty of Education in Cáceres (University of Extremadura). In September 2019 she moved to the University of the Balearic Islands, on a tenure-track position as Lecturer in English.
Departament de Filologia Espanyola, Moderna i Clàssica
Edificio Arxiduc Lluís Salvador
University of the Balearic Islands
Cra. de Valldemossa km. 7’5
07122 Palma de Mallorca
MA Dissertation (September 2012):
Reaction object constructions in Contemporary American English: A preliminary corpus-based study. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya.
MA Dissertation (July 2019): Desarrollo de la competencia comunicativa en la enseñanza inglesa a través del enfoque por tareas en 1º de Bachillerato. Supervisor: Elena Carrión Candel. [Grade obtained: Distinction ('Matrícula de Honor').]
PhD Dissertation (23 January 2018): Changes in argument structure in the history of English, with special reference to the emergence and development of reaction object constructions (International Doctorate; Cum Laude; Extraordinary PhD Award 2017-2018). Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya. Examiners: Professors J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña (University of Santiago de Compostela), Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel), Cristina Suárez-Gómez (University of the Balearic Islands). Click here to view a picture.
H-index & Publications:
(Accepted with revisions). "The British Sentimental Novel Corpus (BSNC)". Nordic Journal of English Studies. [First author, with Pablo Ruano-San Segundo.]
(Forthcoming). "Another turn of the screw on the history of the Reaction Object Construction". Functions of Language. [First author, with Pablo Ruano-San Segundo.]
(2020). “The growth of the transitivising Reaction Object Construction”. Constructions and Frames 12(2): 239-271.
(2020). Review of Nuria Yáñez-Bouza, Emma Moore, Linda van Bergen & Willem B. Hollmann (eds.). 2019. Categories, constructions, and change in English syntax. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. Journal of Historical Syntax 4(2): 1-14.
(2020). "The shaping of the Late Modern English Reaction Object Construction". In Thresholds and ways forward in English Studies, ed. by Lourdes López Ropero, Sara Prieto García-Cañedo & José Antonio Sánchez Fajardo. Alicante: Publicaciones de la Universidad de Alicante, pp. 179-191. ISBN: 978-84-1302-079-2.
(2019), compiler. British Sentimental Novel Corpus (BSNC). Cáceres: Departamento de Filología Inglesa, Universidad de Extremadura. [Second author, with Pablo Ruano San Segundo.]
(2017), ed. New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III: Synchronic and diachronic studies on discourse, lexis and grammar processing. (Linguistic Insights, vol. 209). Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-0343-2039-9; 280 pp. [Fourth editor, with Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies & Iván Tamaredo.]
(2017). "Muttering contempt and smiling appreciation: Disentangling the history of the Reaction Object Construction in English". English Studies 98(2): 194-215.
(2014). "On the nonprototypical status of reaction objects and other nonsubcategorized objects". In Building interdisciplinary knowledge. Approaches to English and American Studies in Spain, ed. by Esther Álvarez López, Emilia María Durán Almarza & Alicia Menéndez Tarrazo. Oviedo: AEDEAN & KRK Ediciones, pp. 307-314. ISBN 978-84-8367-475-8.
(2014). "Procesos de transitivización no inglés moderno e contemporáneo: un estudo de corpus das construcións con obxectos de reacción". In A Investigación Predoutoral na USC: Novos camiños: I Encontro da Mocidade Investigadora (Decembro de 2012). Libro de resumos. (Colección Cursos e Congresos da USC, vol. 227). Universidade de Santiago de Compostela: Servizo de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico, p. 77. ISBN-13: 978-84-15876-84-7.
(2013). "A preliminary study of sexist language in Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men through the female characters of Betty Draper, Joan Holloway and Peggy Olson”. In Hopes and Fears: English and American Studies in Spain, ed. by Rosario Arias, Miriam López-Rodríguez, Antonio Moreno-Ortiz & Chantal Pérez-Hernández. Málaga: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Málaga, pp. 189-194. ISBN: 978-84-616-6917-2.
(2013). "The role of presupposition in the discourse of advertising: Nutritional advertising in health and fitness magazines as a testing-ground". Published abstract of IWoDA'13 (Second International Workshop on Discourse Analysis, Santiago de Compostela, June 19th-21st 2013), pp. 23-24. ISBN C-1219-2013.
(2012). "Presupposition, persuasion and mag food advertising: A preliminary study". Odisea. Revista de Estudios Ingleses 13: 19-47.
23 February 2021: Invited lecture (online) at California State University, Fullerton, Master of Arts in Spanish: "Unha ollada á lingua galega dende a historia, a literatura e a lingüística".
6 August 2020: Invited lecture (online) at the Linguistics Program, Department of Comparative Literature and Languages, University of California Riverside: "On syntactic productivity: The case of the English Reaction Object Construction".
8-12 June 2020 (postponed due to COVID-19): ICEHL-21, University of Leiden (The Netherlands): "Laughing impertinence and smiling sweetness: On the influence of the British sentimental novel on the development of the reaction object construction".
3 February 2020: Invited lecture at the Institute for English and American Studies of the University of Osnabrück (Germany): "Towards a comprehensive account of the history of the English reaction object construction".
13-15 November 2019: 43rd AEDEAN Conference, University of Alicante: "The shaping of the transitivizing Reaction Object Construction".
30 September 2019: Invited lecture at the Institut de langue et littérature anglaises, Université de Neuchâtel (Switzerland): "A diachronic account of the English Reaction Object Construction".
25 April 2018: Invited lecture at the Department of English and Linguistics at Johannes Gutenberg-Universität Mainz (Germany): “The transitivizing reaction object construction”.
18-19 November 2017: International Workshop on 'Gradience and Constructional Change', University of Edinburgh: "The reaction object construction and the way-construction: Two parallel developments?".
9-11 November 2016: 40th AEDEAN Conference, University of Zaragoza (Huesca): "The Reaction Object Construction: A British innovation?".
19 May 2016: Invited presentation at the Institut für Anglistik/Amerikanistik, University of Osnabrück (Germany): "From yelping sorrow to muttering contempt: On the history of the English Reaction Object Construction".
2-5 September 2015: 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (The Netherlands): "Argument structure in flux: On the emergence of two valency-increasing constructions in the history of English" [first author, with Teresa Fanego].
27-31 July 2015: 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL22), University of Naples Federico II (Italy): "When the minstrels rustled into the room, she whispered disbelief: On the development of two valency-increasing constructions in the history of English"[second author, with Teresa Fanego].
20-25 July 2015: 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference (ICLC-13), Northumbria University (UK): "Exploring the history of Reaction Object Constructions. A collostructional analysis".
22-24 October 2014: International Symposium on Verbs, Clauses and Constructions. Theory, Variation and Change (VCC Symposium 2014), University of La Rioja: "Whispering adieus and smiling a welcome: Changes in argument structure in the history of English".
3-6 September 2014: 8th International Conference on Construction Grammar (ICCG8), University of Osnabrück (Germany): "'They threw their caps..., shouting their emulation': Reaction Object Constructions in Early and Late Modern English".
13-15 November 2013: 37th AEDEAN Conference, University of Oviedo: "Towards an understanding of nonprototypical objects, with special reference to reaction objects".
19-21 June 2013: IWodA'13, Second International Workshop on Discourse Analysis, University of Santiago de Compostela: "The role of presupposition in the discourse of advertising: Nutritional advertising in health and fitness magazines as a testing-ground".
14 January 2013: LOT Winter School 2013, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (The Netherlands): "Reaction object constructions in English" [poster presentation].
13-15 December 2012: I Encontro da Mocidade Investigadora EDI-USC, University of Santiago de Compostela: "Procesos de transitivización no inglés moderno e contemporáneo: un estudo de corpus das construcións con obxectos de reacción" [poster presentation].
14-16 November 2012: 36th AEDEAN Conference, University of Malaga: "A preliminary study of sexist language in Matthew Weiner’s Mad Men through the female characters of Betty Draper, Joan Holloway and Peggy Olson”.