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Tuesday, 8 February 2022, 5 p.m.: Christian Ilbury (The University of Edinburgh): “What is Multicultural London English?”  [34th ELC Research Seminar]

Tuesday, 9 November 2021, 5 p.m.:  Claudia Claridge (University of Augsburg): “The pragmatics of intensifiers in the Late Modern English courtroom”. [33rd ELC Research Seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Tuesday, 28 September 2021, 5 p.m.: Raquel P. Romasanta, University of Vigo: ”Contact-induced variation and change in World Englishes”. [32nd ELC research seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Tuesday, 15 June 2021, 5 p.m.: Bernd Kortmann, University of Freiburg & Freiburg Institute for Advanced Studies: “Reflections on the quantitative turn in linguistics”.  [31st ELC research seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Tuesday, 18 May 2021, 5 p.m.: Gema Alcaraz-Mármol (University of Castilla-La Mancha) & Jorge Soto-Almela (Universidad Politécnica de Madrid): “The discursive representation of migrants and refugees in the written press from a CADS perspective”.  [30th ELC research seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Tuesday, 20 April 2021, 5 p.m.: Jerzy Nykiel, University of Bergen: “Grammaticalization, analogy, and linguistic cycles – insights from the development of (mainly) purpose subordinators in the history of English”. [29th ELC research seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Monday, 15 March 2021, 5 p.m.: Gunther Kaltenböck (University of Graz, Austria), “Discourse Grammar and its applications: Evidence from language disorder and diachrony.”  [28th ELC Research Seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Monday, 22 February 2021, 5 p.m.: José Antonio Sánchez Fajardo (University of Alicante), “Don’t take it out on words, blame the suffixes: On the morphopragmatic properties of pejorative suffixation in English.” [27th ELC Research Seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Thursday, 28 January 2021, 5 p.m.: Iria de Dios Flores (USC), “Negative Polarity Item illusions: experimental and theoretical insights.” [26th ELC Research Seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Tuesday, 15 December 2020, 5 p.m.: Noelia Castro-Chao (USC), “Pathways to English complement clauses: from adverbial subordination to complementation in object territory.” [25th ELC research seminar]

Thursday, 26 November 2020, 5.30 p.m.: Carolina Amador-Moreno (University of Bergen / University of Extremadura), “Sure he does be always telling me my heart is too near my mouth: Irish English discourse markers in perspective.” [24th ELC research seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Wednesday, 11 November 2020, 5 p.m.: Ana Rita Sá Leite Dias (USC), “On the syntactic vs. lexical nature of grammatical gender: the Gender Acquisition and Processing (GAP) hypothesis” [23rd ELC research seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

Tuesday, 27 October 2020, 5 p.m.: Lucía Loureiro-Porto (University of the Balearic Islands), “Democratization, prescriptivism and gender-neutrality: the good, the bad and the ugly?.” [22nd ELC research seminar] (Contact Lidia Gómez-García to get access to the video recording of the seminar)

20 March 2018, Faculty of Philology, University of Santiago de Compostela, 21st research seminar. Invited speaker: Prof. Dr. Isabel Fraga (Faculty of Psychology, USC), “Las palabras emocionales desde una perspectiva psicológica (o cuando el usuario de la lengua es el lingüista)” [abstract]

Venue: Faculty of Philology, Room D03
Time: 16:00-18:00

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]

Further details at Xornal UVigo

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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