Research seminars


The ELC research seminar series is an informal forum for the presentation and discussion of work in progress by staff, PhD students and visitors. This is an opportunity for us to find out about current research being undertaken by members of ELC, to develop our own research, and to share ideas of common interest.

9 May 2014, Verbum Museum (Samil, Vigo), 20th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Yolanda Fernández-Pena (PhD student, LVTC team): “Patterns of verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: A corpus-based analysis on attraction and syntactic distance”
  • Marianne Gullberg (Professor of Psycholinguistics, University of Lund): “Gestures and semantic development in first and second language acquisition” [abstract]

Venue: Verbum Museum (Samil, Vigo)
Time: 17.00-19.00

24 January 2014, Faculty of Philology, University of Santiago de Compostela, 19th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Tania de Dios (USC, VLCG team): “Looking into the intransitivity cline: Implicit objects as a case in point” [abstract]
  • Carla Bouzada Jabois (UVigo, LVTC team): “Free adjuncts and absolute constructions in Late Modern English: A corpus-based study” [abstract]

Venue: Faculty of Philology, USC
Room 7, second floor
Time: 16.30-18.30

9 April 2013, Faculty of Philology, University of Santiago de Compostela, 18th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Zeltia Blanco-Suárez (USC, VLCG team): “Grammaticalisation and subjectification of death-related intensifiers in the history of English” [abstract]
  • Begoña Soneira (USC, SPERTUS team): “The role of loanwords in the lexical description of English for Architecture: A corpus-based study” [abstract]

Venue: Faculty of Philology, USC
Room: 10, second floor
Time: 16.30-18.30

19 December 2012, Verbum Museum (Samil, Vigo), 17th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Sofía Bemposta (UVigo, VLCG team): “A corpus-based study of contact clauses and need in the recent history of English”
  • Cristina Suárez (Universitat de les Illes Balears) & Elena Seoane (UVigo): “The expression of the perfect in World Englishes”

7 June 2012, Verbum Museum (Samil, Vigo), 16th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Rosa Alonso (UVigo): “Thinking for speaking in SLE”.
  • Hubert Cuyckens (Katholieke Universiteit Leuven): “Aspects of the history of absolute constructions in English”. [abstract]
  • Montserrat Comesaña (Universidade do Minho): “The interplay of phonology and orthography in visual cognate word recognition”. [abstract]

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5 March 2012, University of Vigo, Faculty of Philology and Translation, 15th research seminar. Speaker: Prof. Dr. Britta Mondorf  (Mainz), “Determinants of grammatical variation in English”.

21 December 2011, University of Santiago de Compostela, 14th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Francisco Javier Fernández-Polo (USC): “Native and non-native speaker interpersonal skills at conferences: Managing self-mentions and humour”.
  • Isabel Fraga (USC): “Resolviendo la ambigüedad sintáctica desde el contenido emocional”.
  • Dolores González-Álvarez (UVigo): “On the emergence and development of comparative modals”.

27 April 2011, University of Santiago de Compostela, 13th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Alba Cachafeiro-Requeijo (USC): “The use of English in the discourse of Spanish teenagers”.
  • Sara Riveiro (USC): “The effects of semantic interference on agreement”.
  • Esperanza Rama-Martínez (UVigo) & Ana E. Martínez-Insua (UVigo): “Courtroom interaction between 1760 and 1860: On defendants taking (re)initiating moves”.

1 February 2011, University of Vigo, 12th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Evelyn Gandón-Chapela (UVigo): “Syntactic invisibility in British English: a pilot study on ellipsis”.
  • Rosa Alonso (UVigo): “Thinking for speaking in SLE”
  • Paloma Núñez-Pertejo (USC): “A preliminary study of absolutely in 18th, 19th and 20th century British and American English”.
  • Ursula Kirsten-Torrado (UVigo): “Spelling-to-sound examples from an SMS corpus”.

9 April 2010, University of Santiago de Compostela, 11th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Kathryn Allan (University College London): “An academic question? Exploring the meaning of a contemporary keyword through historical text resources”. [abstract]
  • Eduardo Coto-Villalibre (USC): “On the use of get-passives in spoken New Englishes: A corpus-based approach”. [abstract]

22 January 2010, University of Santiago de Compostela, 10th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Scott Jarvis (Ohio): “Explorations in conceptual transfer”. [abstract]
  • Mª Luisa Roca-Varela (USC): ”A corpus-based approach to the lexical collocates of highly problematic false friends in English and Spanish”. [abstract]

28 April 2009, University of Vigo, 9th research seminar. Liliane Haegeman (Ghent) talked on “Cartography, intervention and the left periphery in English”. [abstract]

29 January 2009, University of Santiago de Compostela, 8th research seminar. María José López-Couso and Belén Méndez-Naya talked on “Beyond the adverbial domain: On the complementizer use of adverbial subordinators in the history of English.”

16 October 2008, Centro Cultural Caixa Galicia Vigo, 7th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Ana E. Martínez-Insua (UVigo): “Performative and descriptive speech acts in the recent history of English”.
  • Iria Gael Romay (USC): “A preliminary approach to the study of run verbs: evidence from LOB and FLOB”.

21 February 2008, University of Santiago de Compostela, 6th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Sali A. Tagliamonte (Toronto): “To peak or not to peak: exploring the incrementation of linguistic change”. [abstract]
  • Fátima Faya-Cerqueiro (USC): “On courtesy markers in requests in Late Modern English”.

14 December 2007, University of Vigo, 5th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Paula Rodríguez-Puente (USC): “The relationship between phrasal verbs and the processes of grammaticalization, lexicalization and idiomatization, with particular reference to phrasal verbs with get“.
  • Rosalía Rodríguez-Vázquez (UVigo): “Conflicting constraints: An introduction to the study of text-setting”.

18 October 2007, University of Santiago de Compostela, 4th research seminar. Speakers:

  • Martiña Piñeiro de la Torre (USC): “The use of phrasal and phrasal prepositional verbs by Spanish learners of English”.
  • Beatriz Tizón-Couto (UVigo): “Estrategias de complementación en un corpus oral de aprendizaje”.

18 July 2007, University of Santiago de Compostela, 3rd research seminar. Lidia Gómez-García (USC) presented her research on cleft sentences in Modern English, and Carlos Prado-Alonso (USC) talked on the pragmatic function of full inversion in English press reportage.

30 May 2007, University of Vigo, 2nd research seminar. Iria Pastor-Gómez (USC) presented her research on nominal premodifiers in English noun phrase structure. Nuria Yáñez Bouza (Manchester) talked about preposition stranding in the social history of English from 1500 to 1900.

22 March 2007, University of Santiago de Compostela, 1st research seminar. David Tizón-Couto (Univ. of Vigo) and Ignacio Palacios (Univ. of Santiago) presented their research on left dislocation and learners’ corpora, respectively.


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