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Zeltia Blanco-Suárez has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela (June 2008) and a PhD in English Linguistics (2017). From 2009 to 2013 she held a four-year FPU research grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, to prepare a PhD under the supervision of María José López-Couso; she has also worked at the Ramón Piñeiro Institute for Research in the Humanities, on a two-year contract (September 2013-September 2015) funded by the Regional Goverment of Galicia to carry out research on scientific and technical terminology. After a five-year period (October 2015-September 2020) as Lecturer in English at the University of Cantabria, Zeltia has returned to the University of Santiago de Compostela on a tenure-track position as ‘Ayudante Doctora’ (Lecturer).

In May 2010 Zeltia received the National Award for Academic Excellence from the Spanish Ministry of Education, in recognition of her outstanding academic record as an undergraduate student. She has also been awarded the Extraordinary PhD Prize 2017-2018 by the USC International Doctorate School.

As a visiting scholar at institutions abroad, Zeltia has stayed at the School of Languages, Linguistics and Cultures of the University of Manchester (Autumn 2010), at the Department of English of the University of Freiburg (January 2013), at the Department of Linguistics of KU Leuven (February - March 2018), and at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Edinburgh (April - June 2018).

Zeltia has experience in journal editing, as assistant editor of Research in Corpus Linguistics (RiCL), the official journal of the Spanish Association for Corpus Linguistics (AELINCO).

Contact information:

Department of English and German
Facultad de Filología
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN
Phone: +34981563100, ext. 11859
Office: 306, third floor

MA Dissertation (January 2012): A diachronic approach to intensifiers in English: Deadly as a case in point. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.

PhD Dissertation (15 December 2017): Death-related intensifiers in the history of the English language: grammaticalisation and other processes of language change (International Doctorate; Extraordinary PhD Award 2017-2018). Supervisor: María José López-Couso. Examiners: Professors Hubert Cuyckens (KU Leuven), Belén Méndez-Naya (University of Santiago de Compostela), Augusto Soares da Silva (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga). Click here to view a picture.

H-index & Publications:

(Forthcoming). "Foreign Language Motivation in Primary Education students: The effects of additional CLIL and gender". Journal of Immersion and Content-Based Language Education. [Second author, with Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto.]

(2020). "Mortal hurry and mortal fine: On the rise of intensifying mortal". Studia Neophilologica 92.3: 271-292. DOI:

(2020). "Tracking down deadly and mortal(ly): The early history". In  Of ye olde English langage and texts: New perspectives on Old and Middle English language and literature, ed. by Rodrigo Pérez-Lorido, Carlos Prado-Alonso & Paula Rodríguez-Puente. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature 57). Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa & Wien: Peter Lang, pp. 81-106.

(2020). "Two sides of the same coin? Tracking the history of the intensifiers deadly and mortal". In Corpora and the changing societyStudies in the evolution of English, ed. by Paula Rautinaho, Arja Nurmi & Juhani Klemola. (Studies in Corpus Linguistics 96). Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 169-197.

(2020). "The Primary Education Learners' English Corpus (PELEC): Design and compilation". Research in Corpus Linguistics 8(1): 147-163. [First author, with Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto & Evelyn Gandón-Chapela.]

(2019). Review of Pilar Guerrero Medina, Roberto Torre Alonso & Raquel Vea Escarza, eds. Verbs, clauses and constructionsFunctional and typological approaches (Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, 2018). BABEL-AFIAL 28: 141-148.

(2018). “Innovacións léxicas no campo das novas tecnoloxías e das redes sociais: alternativas para o galego”. Cadernos de lingua 36: 111-151.  [First author, with Inés Veiga Mateos.]

(2017). "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. [First author, with Mario Serrano-Losada.]

(2014). "Oh he is olde dogge at expounding, and deade sure at a Catechisme: Some considerations on the history of the intensifying adverb dead in English". Acta Linguistica Hafniensia 46(1): 117-136. Special Issue on Grammaticalization and (inter)subjectification, ed. by Daniel Van Olmen & Hubert Cuyckens.

(2014). "Ma daddy wis dead chuffed: On the dialectal distribution of the intensifier dead in Contemporary English". In Corpus interrogation and grammatical patterns, ed. by Kristin Davidse, Caroline Gentens, Lobke Ghesquière & Lieven Vandelanotte. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, pp. 151-172.

(2013). "'The competition between the intensifiers dead and deadly: some diachronic considerations". In Corpus perspectives on patterns of lexis, ed. by Hilde Hasselgård, Jarle Ebeling & Signe Oksefjell Ebeling. Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 71-90.

(2010). "A corpus-based approach to the origin and development of the intensifier deadly in English". In Language windowing through corpora, ed. by Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel et al. A Coruña: Servizo de Publicacións da Universidade de A Coruña, pp. 101-114.

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