This page lists conferences and symposia organized by the ELC network since 2008. Among them are the four postgraduate conferences (the ‘ELC conference series’) held in 2008, 2009, 2012 and 2015; these are two-day events at which MA and PhD students present 30-minute papers on their research; the audience is composed of students and members of academic staff.

19 June 2015: International Symposium on Language Processing in Bilingual Children and Adults: Psycholinguistic and Educational Perspectives, University of Minho (Braga, Portugal). This one-day symposium is organized by ELC, in cooperation with  the Psycholinguistics Research Group, School of Psychology, at the University of Minho. [Programme]

Featured speakers:

Walter van Heuven (School of Psychology, University of Nottingham): “Cross-language interactions in bilingual visual word recognition” [abstract]
Ana Fernández-Dobao (Spanish and Portuguese Studies, University of Washington): “Code switching among bilingual learners of Spanish: social and cognitive functions” [abstract]
Rosa Alonso (Dept. of  English, French and German, University of Vigo): “Spatial configuration and construal in L2 English” [abstract]
Ana Paula Soares (Center for Research in Psychology, University of Minho): “On the lexico-syntatic dynamics of second language sentence processing: The role of cognate status, proficiency and task demands on relative clause attachment preferences” [abstract]
Cristina Suárez-Gómez (Dept. of Spanish and Modern and Classical Languages, University of the Balearic Islands): “When ‘errors’ become innovations in the grammar of multilingual adults” [abstract]

Symposium Chair:

Montserrat Comesaña, Center for Research in Psychology, University of Minho

Organising and Scientific Committee:

J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña, Dept. of English and German, University of Santiago de Compostela
Rosa Alonso, Dept. of English, French and German, University of Vigo
Ana Paula Soares, Center for Research in Psychology, University of Minho
Teresa Fanego, Dept. of English and German, University of Santiago de Compostela
Isabel Fraga, Faculty of Psychology, University of Santiago de Compostela
Ignacio Palacios-Martínez, Dept. of English and German, University of Santiago de Compostela
Javier Pérez-Guerra, Dept. of English, French and German, University of Vigo
Cristina Suárez-Gómez, Dept. of Spanish and Modern and Classical Languages, University of the Balearic Islands

4-6 February 2015: Fourth International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC4), University of Vigo. Plenary speakers: J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña (University of Santiago de Compostela), Pedro Álvarez-Mosquera (University of Salamanca), Marjolijn Verspoor (University of Groningen).

4-6 June 2014: ICSE2014. International Conference on Spoken English: Descriptive and Applied Perspectives, University of Santiago de Compostela. Plenary speakers: Juana Marín-Arrese (Complutense University of Madrid), Anna Mauranen (University of Helsinki), Sagrario Salaberri (University of Almería) and Sali A. Tagliamonte (University of Toronto). Conference chairs: Mario Cal-Varela and F. Javier Fernández-Polo. This meeting was organised by the SPERTUS team, in cooperation with the VLCG team and ELC.

18-19 October 2013: Englishes Today 2013. Theoretical and Methodological Issues, Fundación Barrié de la Maza (Vigo). Stephanie Hackert (University of Munich), Marianne Hundt (University of Zurich), Christian Mair (University of Freiburg) and Edgar Schneider (University of Regensburg) gave plenary presentations. This meeting was organised by the LVTC team, in cooperation with ELC and the research project “Constructionalization and Grammaticalization in English”. The organising committee was chaired by Elena Seoane.

22-26 May 2013: 34th International Conference of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME 34), University of Santiago de Compostela. 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. This meeting was organised by the VLCG and SPERTUS teams, in cooperation with ELC. The organising committee was chaired by María José López-Couso.

9-10 November 2012: International Workshop ELLIPSIS2012: Crosslinguistic, formal, semantic, discoursive and processing perspectives, Centro Cultural Caixanova (Vigo). Lobke Aelbrecht (Ghent), Gerard Kempen (Leiden), Jason Merchant (Chicago) and Maribel Romero (Konstanz) gave plenary presentations. The workshop was organised by the LVTC team, in cooperation with ELC.
Contact persons: Javier Pérez-Guerra  ( and Evelyn Gandón-Chapela (

21-22 September 2012:  Third International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC3), University of Santiago de Compostela. Pilar García Mayo (Basque Country), José Manuel Igoa (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Graeme Trousdale (Edinburgh) were plenary speakers. The organising committee was chaired by Paula Rodríguez-Puente.
Selected proceedings (peer-reviewed) published as: Paula Rodríguez-Puente, Teresa Fanego, Evelyn Gandón-Chapela, Sara Riveiro-Outeiral & Mª Luisa Roca-Varela, eds. 2014. Current research in Applied Linguistics: Issues on language and cognition. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN 1-4438-5354-2; pp. ix + 301.

8-9 July 2010: Seminar on Corpus Linguistics, University of Santiago de Compostela. Plenary speakers: Dominique Longrée (Liège), Mark Davies (Brigham Young University), Sebastian Hoffmann (Trier), Christiane Fellbaum (Princeton), Amaya Mendikoetxea (Universidad Autónoma de Madrid) and Christian Mair (Freiburg). Conference Chair: Guillermo Rojo.

30-31 October 2009: Second International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC2), University of Vigo. Plenary speakers: María José López-Couso (Santiago de Compostela), Terence Odlin (Ohio State University) and Geoff Thompson (Liverpool). Conference Chair: David Tizón-Couto.
Selected proceedings (peer-reviewed) published as: David Tizón-Couto, Beatriz Tizón-Couto, Iria Pastor-Gómez & Paula Rodríguez-Puente, eds. 2012. New trends and methodologies in applied English language research II: Studies in language variation, meaning and learning. (Linguistic Insights Series 145). Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-0343-1061-1. 283 pp.

2-3 October 2009: First Vigo-Newcastle-Santiago-Leuven International Workshop on the Structure of the Noun Phrase in English (NP1), University of Vigo. This international workshop was organised in cooperation with the School of English at the University of Newcastle and the Functional Linguistics group at the University of Leuven. Plenary speakers: Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona), William Croft (New Mexico), Evelien Keizer (Vienna) and John Payne (Manchester). Conference Chair: Javier Pérez-Guerra.
A second edition (NP2) of this workshop was held at the University of Newcastle on 15th-16th September 2011; the third edition (NP3) took place at KU Leuven on 14-15 November 2013, chaired by Kristin Davidse.

10-13th September 2008: First International Conference on English Language Teaching and Learning (ICELTL1), University of Santiago de Compostela. Plenary speakers: David Crystal, Jeremy Harmer, Amos Paran (London), José Manuel Vez Jeremías (Santiago de Compostela) and Eddie Williams (Bangor). Conference Chair: Ignacio Palacios.

10-11 May 2008: First International Postgraduate Conference on English Linguistics (ELC1), University of Santiago de Compostela. Plenary speakers: Ingo Plag (Siegen), Geoffrey K. Pullum (Edinburgh) and Antonella Sorace (Edinburgh). Conference Chair: Carlos Prado-Alonso.
Selected proceedings (peer-reviewed) published as: Carlos Prado-Alonso, Lidia Gómez-García, Iria Pastor-Gómez & David Tizón-Couto, eds. 2010.  New trends and methodologies in applied English language research. Diachronic, diatopic and contrastive studies. (Linguistic Insights Series 103). Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN 9783034300469. 348 pp. [Reviewed by Angeles Ruiz-Moneva in Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies 43 (2011): 113-119.]

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