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This page lists PhD dissertations supervised by senior members of ELC since its establishment in 2006.

11 December 2023: María Eva Piñeiro-Fariña, The influence of English on U.S. Spanish: A corpus-based study on the use of lexical anglicisms in the Hispanic digital press of the Northeast. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.

30 May 2023: Yonay Rodríguez-Rodríguez, A study of the beliefs of university students about learning English as a Foreign Language (EFL). Supervisors: Mario Cal-Varela & Ignacio Palacios.

21 April 2023: Cristina Blanco-García, Ephemerality in adverbial subordinators: A corpus-based study of causal, conditional and concessive conjunctions in Middle and Modern English. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.

8 September 2022: Carlos Júlio Lindade Rodrigues, A comprehensive analysis on how English Language Teaching coursebooks promote teaching pronunciation in Portuguese public schools. Supervisor: Esperanza Rama-Martínez.

6 May 2022: Pau Serrano Menero, Warfare as a catalyst for lexico-semantic change from late Old English to Middle English: A study of Norse and French influences on the semantic field of war. Supervisors: Juan José Calvo García de Leonardo (Universidad de Valencia) and Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras.

17 December 2021: Ana Rita Sá Leite Dias, Representation and processing of grammatical gender: Analysing the gender congruency effect. Supervisors: Isabel Fraga and Montserrat Comesaña (Universidade do Minho).

4 May 2021: Alba Pérez-González, The extender tags and the like and or something in late Modern English: A formal and functional approach. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.

24 March 2021: Daniela Pettersson-Traba, A corpus-based study on near-synonymy: The concept PLEASANT SMELLING in 19th- and 20th-century American English. International Mention. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.

23 March 2021: Iria de Dios-Flores, Processing long-distance dependencies: An experimental investigation of grammatical illusions in English and Spanish. International Mention. Supervisors: J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña and Manuel Carreiras (Ikerbasque – Basque Foundation for Science).

18 December 2020: Sofía Bemposta Rivas, Verb-governed infinitival complementation in the recent history of English. International Mention. Supervisor: Javier Pérez-Guerra.

14 December 2020: Raquel Pereira Romasanta, Variation in the clausal complentation system in World Englishes: A corpus-based study of REGRET.  International Mention. Supervisors: Elena Seoane and Manfred Krug (University of Bamberg).

4 December 2020: Carla Bouzada Jabois, Nonfinite supplements in the recent history of  English. Doctorate in cotutelle; International Mention. Supervisors: Javier Pérez Guerra and Hubert Cuyckens (KU Leuven).

3 December 2020: Héctor Agrafojo Blanco, The pragmatic markers KIND OF and SORT OF in World Englishes. Supervisors: Elena Seoane and Lucía Loureiro-Porto (UIB).

22 October 2020: Cristina Lastres-López, A functional-pragmatic approach to if/si-constructions in English, French and Spanish: A corpus-based study. International Mention. Supervisor: Teresa Fanego.

12 May 2020: Noelia Castro-Chao, Changes in argument structure: Impersonal constructions in Middle and Early Modern English, with special reference to verbs of Desire. A corpus-based study. International Mention. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza.

1 October 2019: Xurxo Fernández-Carballido, O ensino do portugués na Galiza. Supervisors: Ignacio Palacios Martínez and José Antonio Souto Cabo.

18 June 2019: David González-Gándara, Discourse analysis in the CLIL classroom. The effects of task dimensions on L2 oral performance. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios-Martínez.

14 December 2018: Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Determinants of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects: A corpus-based analysis in English. International Mention; Extraordinary PhD Award 2018-2019. Supervisor: Javier Pérez-Guerra.

10 December 2018: Laura García-Castro, The complementation profile of remember in post-colonial Englishes. International Mention. Supervisors: Elena Seoane and Cristina Suárez-Gómez (UIB).

15 November 2018: Iván Tamaredo, Processing grammatical structures: Morphosyntactic complexity and efficiency in varieties of English around the world, with special reference to pronoun omission. International Mention; Extraordinary PhD Award 2018-2019. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña.

22 June 2018: Mario Serrano-Losada, Evidential and mirative expressions in English and Spanish: grammaticalization and discourse functions. International Mention. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya. Click here to view a press release.

26 February 2018: Francisco Javier Ortiz Tudela, Attentional influences on learning under unpredicted situations. Supervisors: Juan Lupiáñez-Castillo (University of Granada) and Luis Jiménez-García.

23 January 2018: Tamara Bouso, Changes in argument structure in the history of English, with special reference to the emergence and development of reaction object constructions. International Mention; Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya. Click here to see a photograph of Tamara, her supervisors and the jury members. From left to right: Teresa Fanego (supervisor), Martin Hilpert (University of Neuchâtel), Tamara Bouso, Belén Méndez-Naya (supervisor), Cristina Suárez-Gómez (University of the Balearic Islands) and Carlos Acuña-Fariña (University of Santiago de Compostela).

15 December 2017: Zeltia Blanco-Suárez, Death-related intensifiers in the history of the English language: grammaticalisation and other processes of language change. International Mention; Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisor: María José López-Couso. Click here to see a photograph of Zeltia, her supervisor and the jury members. From left to right: María José López-Couso (supervisor), Hubert Cuyckens (KU Leuven), Zeltia Blanco-Suárez, Belén Méndez-Naya (University of Santiago de Compostela) and Augusto Soares da Silva (Braga, Universidade Católica Portuguesa).

7 July 2017: Tamila Mammadova, The teaching and learning of English grammar in Azerbaijan at the university level. An analysis and appraisal of students’ and teachers’ views, and teaching materials. International Mention. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.

6 October 2016: Beatriz Mato-Míguez, The expression of directive meaning: A corpus-based study on the variation between insubordinated if-clauses, imperatives and conditionals in Contemporary Spoken British and American English. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and María José López-Couso.

12 April 2016: Evelyn Gandón-Chapela, A corpus-based analysis of post-auxiliary ellipsis in Modern English: Methodological and theoretical issues. International Mention. Supervisor: Javier Pérez-Guerra.

5 February 2016: Ana María Cea Álvarez, Desarrollo de la competencia estratégica en el aprendizaje de la expresión oral de una lengua extranjera. Supervisors: Ignacio Palacios and Xaquín Núñez Sabarís (Universidade do Minho, Braga, Portugal).

14 January 2016: Yolanda Joy Calvo-Benzies, The teaching and learning of English pronunciation in Spain. An analysis and appraisal of students’ and teachers’ views and teaching materials. International Mention. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.

26 October 2015: Miguel Ángel Gómes-Gargamala, Confronting evil and the monstruous other in Beowulf and its filmic adaptations: Understanding heroic action and the limits of knowledge.  Supervisor: Jorge Luis Bueno-Alonso

20 January 2015: Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Exemplifying markers in English: Synchronic and diachronic considerations. European Doctorate. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.

17 December 2014: Eduardo Coto-Villalibre, A semantic and syntactic approach to GET-constructions in World Englishes. Supervisors: Elena Seoane, Teresa Fanego and Paloma Núñez-Pertejo.

4 December 2014: Sara Riveiro-Outeiral, The syntax-semantics interface in the production of number agreement: A crosslinguistic perspective. European Doctorate. Supervisors: J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña and Isabel Fraga.

16 September 2014: José Ramón Varela-Pérez, Variation and change in negative constructions in Contemporary British English: A corpus-based approach. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.

10 September 2014: Laura Torrado Mariñas, ‘Ƿaes ofereode, Ƿisses swa maeg’: A multi-perspective analysis of the concept of transience in the Anglo-saxon world. Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisor: Jorge Luis Bueno-Alonso.

25 September 2013: Fátima Faya-Cerqueiro, Courtesy markers in requests: The case of pray and please in Late Modern English. European Doctorate. Supervisor: Belén Méndez-Naya.

4 September 2013: Paula Rodríguez-Puente, The development of phrasal verbs in British English from 1650 to 1990: A corpus-based study. European Doctorate; Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.

24 July 2013: Vanesa Gil-Vilacoba, Quirky NPs with special reference to close apposition. Supervisor: J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña.

5 July 2013: Begoña Soneira, A lexical description of English for Architecture: A corpus-based approach. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.

25 June 2013: Vera Vázquez-López, Action nominalisations in Early Modern scientific English. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and María José López-Couso.

22 April 2013: Isabel Padrón Rodríguez, Correlatos neurales de la monitorización del rendimiento en una tarea de toma de decisiones perceptivas: un análisis ensayo a ensayo de dos potenciales evocados relacionados con el feedback. Supervisors: José Fernández Rey and José Luis Pardo Vázquez.

30 November 2012: Mª Luisa Roca-Varela, New insights into the study of English false friends: Their use and understanding by Spanish learners of English. European Doctorate. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.
Click here to see a photograph of Mª Luisa and the jury members. From left to right: Gaëtanelle Gilquin (Louvain), Rubén Chacón (UNED), Encarnación Postigo (Málaga), Teresa Fanego (Santiago de Compostela), Ignacio Palacios (Santiago de Compostela), Mª Luisa Roca, Carlos Prado-Alonso (Valencia).

20 July 2012: Marije van Hattum, Irish English modal verbs from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Supervisors: David Denison and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza.

16 November 2011: Ayumi Miura, Middle English verbs of emotion and impersonal constructions: A diachronic study of the syntax-semantics interface. Supervisors: David Denison and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza.

18 October 2011: Beatriz Tizón-Couto, Clausal complementation in Contemporary English: A corpus-based study on native and learner spoken data. European Doctorate; Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisor: Javier Pérez-Guerra.

19 July 2011: José Antonio Rodríguez-Díaz, Anglicismos y germanismos en el  lenguaje publicitario del español peninsular contemporáneo, 1998-2007. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.

29 April 2011: David Tizón-Couto, The syntax-discourse interface features of left dislocation in the recent history of English: A corpus-based study. European Doctorate; Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisor: Javier Pérez-Guerra.

15 February 2011: Ana Piñeiro, El papel de las variables léxico-semánticas en la desambiguación de cláusulas de relativo con doble antecedente: animacidad, valencia afectiva y activación emocional. Supervisors: J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña and Isabel Fraga.

7 May 2010: Raquel Fernández-Carril, English vocabulary teaching and learning in the Galician EFL context. The role and importance of vocabulary learning strategies. Supervisor: Ignacio Palacios.

15 January 2010: Natalia Villar-Conde, Aspects of expressive strength reduction in British English and Castilian Spanish: A corpus-based analysis. Supervisor: Teresa Fanego.

3 December 2009: Iria Pastor-Gómez, Nominal modifiers in noun phrase structure: Evidence from Contemporary English. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña.

28 November 2008: Gustavo A. Vázquez, Aprendizaje de secuencias y señalización contextual. Supervisor: Luis Jiménez.

20 November 2008: Rui Alexandre Devesa-Ramos, Reminiscência parental e a formaçao da memória autobiográfica en relaçao á vulnerabilidade a distúrbios afectivos numa amostra clínica de adolescentes. Supervisors: Hipólito Merino-Madrid and José Fernández-Rey.

31 January 2008: Carlos Prado-Alonso, Inversion in written and spoken Contemporary English. European Doctorate. Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña.

10 December 2007: Rosalía Rodríguez-Vázquez, The relationship between linguistic prosody and musical rhythm in English and Spanish. Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisor: Javier Pérez-Guerra.

20 July 2007: Montserrat Comesaña-Vila, Representaciones léxicas y conceptuales en niños y adultos bilingües. Supervisors: Isabel Fraga and Manuel Perea-Lara.

22 June 2007: Pilar Castillo-González, Uncontracted negatives and negative contractions in Contemporary English: A corpus-based study. Supervisor:  María José López-Couso.

16 February 2007: Ana López-Sánchez, From “ways of speaking” to “ways of being in the world”. A contrastive analysis of request behaviour in Peninsular Spanish and American English: a comparison. Supervisor: Teresa Fanego.

20 April 2006: Nila Vázquez, ‘The Tale of Gamelyn’ of the Canterbury Tales: a new critical edition. Extraordinary PhD Award. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.

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