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Biography in brief

I currently hold a Senior Research Fellowship in the Department of Filoloxía Inglesa at the University of Vigo, a position entitled "Investigadora Distinguida" ("Distinguished Research Fellow"). This follows a five-year Senior Research Fellowship "Ramón y Cajal" (Ministerio of Economía y Competitividad de España) in the said department (2012-2017). Parallel to this, in February 2017 I was appointed Honorary Research Fellow by the University of Manchester (UK), Linguistics and English Language Division.

Before moving to Vigo, from 2007 to 2012 I held a full-time position as Lecturer in English Language in the Department of Linguistics and English Language at Manchester, with specialisation in the history of English. Manchester is the University where I completed my PhD thesis (2007), supervised by Prof. David Denison (Preposition Stranding and Prescriptivism in English from 1500 to 1900: A Corpus-based Approach) and my MA studies in English Studies (An Historical Approach to Preposition Stranding in Early Modern English, 2004). My predoctoral studies were financially supported by various grants from the Xunta de Galicia, Caixa Galicia and the Arts and Humanities Research Council.

In October 2015 I passed the 'Acreditación para Profesora Titular de Universidad', sort of 'habilitation' teaching and research assessment exercise for promotion to Senior Lecturer.

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Research

My main research interest is the history of the English language, in particular English normative linguistics and historical sociolinguistics from 1500 to 1900. I am particularly interested in the long eighteenth century from a linguistic, social and literary perspective. I have also worked on John Dryden's language and the history of book printing in the eighteenth century.

More recently, I have been working on historical phonology and eighteenth-century pronouncing dictionaries. I have also become interested in educational linguistics with regard to the teaching of English grammar in late twentieth-century schools.

I am involved in the compilation of a number of (mostly historical) corpora and databases.

Projects and collaboration

  • APU. 'The art of writing English': A corpus of schoolchildren's writings. Principal Investigator, with Victorina González-Díaz (University of Liverpool). Funded by Xunta de Galicia, Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria (May 2014 - November 2016).
  • ARCHER. A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers. Project Coordinator since 2008, with David Denison (University of Manchester). The latest version ARCHER 3.2 (2013) has been (partially) supported by the British Academy Small Research Grant Scheme (1 June 2010 - 1 June 2012).
  • ECEG: Eighteenth-Century English Grammars database. Principal Investigator. Project with María E. Rodriguez-Gil (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria); (partially) funded British Academy Research Grant (July 2008 - December 2010) and School Research Support Fund (March 2010 - July 2011).
  • ECEP: Eighteenth-Century English Phonology database. Project leader Prof. Joan Beal (University of Sheffield), in collaboration with Ranjan Sen (Sheffield). Funded by the British Academy Small Research Grant Scheme (2014-2016). With IT support from the Humanities Research Institute at the Univ. of Sheffield (HRI Digital).
  • Image to Text, on Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1750 - c.1820). Project Coordinator with David Denison (University of Manchester) and in collaboration with the Digitisation Strategy of the Centre of Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, The John Rylands Library. (since Spring 2011); and in collaboration with the John Rylands Research Institute, Seedcorn Grant November 2016 to June 2017.
  • Paratext in 18th-century grammars of English: language and society. Project lead by Dr. Alicia Rodríguez-Álvarez (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). 2012-2015.
  • The GerManC project at Manchester.
  • I supervised students who contributed to the In the bigynnyng project on Middle English manuscripts at The John Rylands Library, Deansgate, Manchester.

Publications - SEE BELOW.

Research activities

Study visits at the universities of Leuven, Helsinki, Liverpool, Philadelphia, Sheffield, Uppsala, Zurich, amongst others. In 2009 I also spent two months on 'fieldwork' during which I consulted eighteenth-century grammar books in some fifteen libraries around England and Wales.

Talks at research seminars at Helsinki, Liverpool, Madrid, Manchester, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Sheffield, Vigo, Zürich.

Honourable mention to the best paper by a young researcher, ICAME conference 2009, Lancaster.

Organisation of events: B-ICLCE 7, Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (Vigo, 2017); SELIM 28, annual conference of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature (Vigo, 2016); Englishes today: Theoretical and methodological issues (Vigo, 2013); ARCHER Symposium (Manchester, 2012); Syntax Past and Present (Manchester, 2010); 11th Triangle Colloquium (Manchester, 2010); 9th Triangle Colloquium (Manchester, 2008); Directions in English Language Studies (DELS, Manchester, 2006); Workshop on Diachronic and Synchronic Corpus Linguistics (2005). I ran the Langwidge Sandwidge research seminar on English Language and Linguistics at Manchester from 2006 to 2011.

Research Supervision

I am currently supervising the following PhD students:

  • Noelia Castro-Chao, University of Santiago de Compostela. Provisional title: Changes in argument structure: The impersonal construction in Middle English and Early Modern English. (February 2016-, with Prof. Teresa Fanego).
  • Sara Albán-Barcia, University of Vigo. Provisional title: Language variation in Middle English manuscripts: the case study of Richard Rolle of Hampole. (October 2016-, with Dolores González-Álvarez)
  • Celia Veiga-Pérez, University of Vigo. Provisional title: The role of the year-abroad studies in second language acquisition: the development of oral skills in Spanish university students of English. (October 2016-, with María del Pilar García Mayo, University of the Basque Country)
  • Carla Seabra-Dacosta, University of Vigo. Provisional title: Epistolary writing in Late Modern English - The case study of the Hamilton Papers. (To start in October 2017)

I have supervised the PhD dissertation by Ayumi Miura (2011), a revised version of which was published as Middle English verbs of emotion and impersonal constructions (2015), and the dissertation by Marije van Hattum, entitled A corpus study of Irish English verbal constructions from the 14th to the 20th centuries (2012). Both  students were jointly supervised with David Denison (Manchester). I have also been on the doctoral research panel for Rob Drummond, who completed his PhD on The influence of local accent on the pronunciation of non-native English speakers in Manchester (2010).

I have experience in supervising MA dissertations and I have also supervised around thirty final-year undergraduate dissertations, mostly in the fields of (historical) sociolinguistics, attitudes to language and Middle English manuscripts.

I have served as advisor of visiting doctoral students from Santiago de Compostela.

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Teaching

I have taught a variety of modules including History of the English Language, Middle English Language, Attitudes to Language, World Englishes, Fundamental Issues in the Study of Language and Study Skills. I have also convened the final-year dissertation module. In June 2010 I received the distinguished award The University of Manchester Teacher of the Year (Faculty of Humanities).

I have been invited to teach at undergraduate and/or postgraduate level at the universities of Lancaster, Liverpool (UK); Leuven (Belgium); Padeborn, Trier (Germany); Uppsala (Sweden), Turku (Finland), Zurich (Switzerland); Cantabria, Madrid, Las Palmas de Gran Canaria, Santiago de Compostela, Seville (Spain).

Once a Erasmus student myself (at Queen Mary and Westfield College, London), I enthusiastically take part in Erasmus exchange programmes with the universities of Manchester and Kent.

Talks related to teaching: Workshop on Teaching the History of the English Language: Methods & Materials, organised by the English Subject Centre (Newcastle, 2009), Discover English Day (Manchester, 2010).
Publications related to teaching: Handbook of Study Skills (Manchester, 2009 - and later editions; 180pp).

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Admin

I serve as Managing Editor for the SELIM Journal, Spanish Society for Mediaeval English Language and Literature. I also contribute to the Year's Work in English Studies, in particular to the chapter on "English Language: History of Linguistics".

In November 2016 I was elected coordinator of the panel for Historical Linguistics at the annual AEDEAN conference. I will Chair de 6th Prescriptivism Conference to be hosted in Vigo in 2020.

At the University of Vigo, I served as Undergraduate Programme Director for the "Grao en Linguas Estranxeiras" (Modern Languages Degree) from 2015 to 2017.

At the University of Manchester, I served as Exams Officer, Library coordinator, Erasmus coordinator, Dissertation convenor, Member of Appointment Committees, Member of Curriculum Reform Working Parties.

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Publications

Monographs

Edited books

  • (2013) English Grammar Writing in the Eighteenth Century. Special issue in Transactions of the Philological Society. 111(2). [First editor, with María E. Rodríguez-Gil]
  • (2006) Papers in Linguistics of the University of Manchester (PLUM). Proceedings of the 14th Postgraduate Conference of Linguistics at the University of Manchester, 4 March 2005. Manchester: Department of Linguistics and English Language. [Sole editor]
  • (2005) Papers in Linguistics of the University of Manchester (PLUM). Proceedings of the 13th Postgraduate Conference of Linguistics at the University of Manchester, 20 March 2004. Manchester: Department of Linguistics & English Language. [Sole editor]

Journal Articles

  • (2017) '‘he liked to read, write, and whatch televishon’ – The APU corpus of primary schoolchildren’s writing and reading'. [submitted, Aug 2017] [First author, with Victorina GonzálezDíaz]
  • (2017) ‘Common, proper and vulgar pro-nun-∫ha-∫hun in eighteenth-century English: ECEP as a new tool for the study of historical phonology’. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities 32 [first author, with Joan C. Beal, Ranjan Sen, Christine Wallis] [advance publication here]
  • (2017) ‘Paratext, title-pages and grammar books’. Studia Neophologica 89(1), 41-66. (First published online Feb 2016)

  • (2016) ‘Daily jottings: Preposition placement in diaries and travel journals from 1500 to 1900’. Folia Linguistica Historica 37(1), 281-314

  • (2016) ‘The title-page in eighteenth-century grammar books’. Forum for Modern Language Studies 52(4), 369-392. [First author, with María E. Rodríguez-Gil]

  • (2016) ‘may depend on me sending it to you: Double objects in early grammars’. Journal of English Linguistics 44(2), 138-161.

  • (2015) ‘Have you ever written a diary or a journal? Diurnal prose and register variation’. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen 116(2), 449-474.
  • (2015) ‘Which comes first in the double object construction?’. English Language and Linguistics 19(2), 247-268. Special issue 'Sense of Place in the History of English'. [First author, with David Denison.]
  • (2015) ‘Senses of grammar in the eighteenth-century English tradition’. English Studies 96(8), 913-943.
  • (2013) ‘The ECEG-database’. In Yáñez-Bouza, Nuria & María E. Rodríguez-Gil (eds.), English Grammar Writing in the Eighteenth Century. Special issue in Transactions of the Philological Society 111(2), 143-164. [First author, with María E. Rodríguez-Gil]
  • (2012) ‘Grammar writing and provincial printing in the C18th British Isles’.  Transactions of the Philological Society 110(1), 34-63.
  • (2011) ‘The ‘Glaring’ Place of Prepositions: Grammar, Rhetoric and Scottish Codifiers’. Historiographia Linguistica 38(3), 255-292.
  • (2011) ‘Mapping eighteenth-century grammar-writers in the British Isles (and beyond).’ Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) 7, edited by Terttu Nevalainen & Susan Fitzmaurice, ‘How to Deal with Data: Problems and Approaches to the Investigation of the English Language over Time and Space’. (See here)
  • (2011) ‘ARCHER: past and present (1990-2010)’. ICAME Journal 35, 205-236.
  • (2006) ‘Prescriptivism and preposition stranding in eighteenth-century prose.’ Historical Sociolinguistics and Sociohistorical Linguistics 6. (See here)

Book chapters

  • (in press) ‘Grammar writing in the eighteenth century’. In Terttu Nevalainen, Minna Palander-Collin & Tanja Säily (eds.), Patterns of change in 18th-century English: A sociolinguistic approach. John Benjamins.
  • (2016) ‘Early and Late Modern English grammars as evidence in English historical linguistics’. In Merja Kytö & Päivi Pahta (eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics, 164-180. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • (2009) ‘ECEG-database: A bio-bibliographic approach to the study of eighteenth-century English grammars’. In Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade & Wim van der Wurff (eds), Current Issues in Late Modern English, 153-182. (Linguistic Insights.) Bern: Peter Lang. [Second author in alphabetic order, with María Esther Rodríguez-Gil]
  • (2008) ‘To end or not to end a sentence with a preposition: An eighteenth-century debate.’ In Joan Beal, Carmela Nocera & Massimo Sturiale (eds.), Perspectives on Prescriptivism, 237-264. (Linguistic Insights 73). Bern: Peter Lang.
  • (2008) ‘Preposition stranding in the eighteenth-century: Something to talk about.’ In Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade (ed.), Grammars, Grammarians, and Grammar-Writing in Eighteenth-Century England, 251-278. (Topics in English Linguistics 59). Berlin and New York: Mouton de Gruyter.

Corpus work

  • APU. A corpus of schoolchildren's writings (1979-1988). Compiled with Victorina González-Díaz (Liverpool). See webpage and entry in CoRD.
  • ARCHER 3.2. A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers, version 3.2. Coordinated by Nuria Yáñez-Bouza and David Denison (Manchester); compiled in collaboration with 14 international universities. Available since December 2013. See webpage and entry in CoRD.
  • ECEG. A bio-bibliographic database of Eighteenth-Century English Grammars. Compiled by Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (Manchester) and María Esther Rodríguez-Gil (Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). Release date: December 2010. See webpage and entry in CoRD.
  • ECEP. Eighteenth-Century English Phonology database. Coordinated by Joan Beal (Sheffield). See HRI Digital and entry in CoRD.
  • Image to Text: Mary Hamilton Papers. Coordinated by Nuria Yáñez-Bouza and David Denison (Manchester). See webpage and entry in CoRD.

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