Universidade de Vigo
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Facultade de Filoloxía e Tradución (office B49) · Campus Universitario · E-36310 Vigo (Spain)

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Yolanda Fernández Pena holds a BA in English Philology (Specialisation in English Linguistics; honoured with Premio Extraordinario de Fin de Carreira in 2013) from the University of Vigo (2007-2012) and a MA in Advanced English Studies (Specialisation in English Linguistics) from the same university (2012-2013). 

Her research focuses on language change in the recent history of the English language. More specifically, she is currently investigating the linguistic variation of verbal agreement with collective nouns in English, the main topic of her future PhD Dissertation, Agreement in number with collective nouns in New Englishes (supervisor Dr. Javier Pérez Guerra). Her dissertation, which integrates innovative approaches like psycholinguistics and corpus linguistics along with English historical linguistics and textual statistics, will comprise a grammatical study accounting for the variation of agreement markers of number observed in modern and contemporary English, especially in the New Englishes or non-native varieties.

In December 2013, she was awarded a predoctoral grant from the Autonomous Government of Galicia (I2C programme) and, since September 2014, she holds a four-year FPU grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Thanks to the financial support obtained from the Spanish Ministry of Education, she has carried out three research stays at the universities of Zurich (2015), Lancaster (2016) and Leuven (2017).

 

                        

                      

projects

Currently, I am a full-time researcher in the project "Variation in Micro-diachrony: Linguistic Choice in 21st-century English" (FFI2016-77018-P; Ministerio de Economía, 2016) (IP: Dr. Javier Pérez Guerra),

I have also participated in the following projects:

  • Análisis empírico de alternancias lingüísticas de microvariacion en lengua inglesa: aspectos sincrónicos y diacrónicos (FFI2013-44065-P, Ministerio de Economía, 2013) (IP: Javier Pérez Guerra)
  • El arte de escribir inglés: corpus de escritos por y para escolares de primaria. (EM2014/028; Xunta de Galicia, 2014) (IP: Nuria Yáñez Bouza) As part of the activities of the APU team, I carried out a research stay, together with Dr. Nuria Yáñez-Bouza and Dr. Victorina González-Díaz, at the University of Liverpool to select the materials for digitisation (20 October – 30 November 2014) [see my APU webpage for more details].
  • "Grammatical Database of Late Modern English", on a collaboration grant from the Ministry of Education (“Beca de Colaboración”) [supervised by Dr. Ana Elina Martínez Insua]

BA and MA Thesis

(February 2015) BA Thesis: A corpus-based study on verbal agreement with collective nouns in the recent history of English, supervised by Dr. Javier Pérez Guerra.

(July 2013) MA Thesis: Verbal agreement and animacy in British English collective noun-based constructions: A case study with of-dependents, supervised by Dr. Javier Pérez Guerra.

Publications

(2017) Patterns of verbal agreement with collective nouns taking plural of-dependents: A corpus-based analysis on syntactic distance. Corpora 12 (2): 207-241. ISSN 1749-5032

(2017) (Ed.) New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III: Diachronic studies, discourse analysis and pragmatics, grammar and language processing, lexis and semantics. [Third editor, with Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies and Iván Tamaredo. Bern/New York: Peter Lang, 109-130.

(2017) Verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: Syntactic and structural complexity as determinant factors. In Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies and Iván Tamaredo (eds.), New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III: Diachronic studies, discourse analysis and pragmatics, grammar and language processing, lexis and semantics. Bern/New York: Peter Lang, 109-130.

(2017) Verbal agreement with collective nominal constructions: Syntactic and semantic determinants. Atlantis 39 (1), 33-54.

(2017) 'These points stated, a number of problems remain': A corpus-based analysis on the idiomatisation of collective noun-based constructions. In Sebastian Hoffmann, Andrea Sand and Sabine Arndt-Lappe (eds.), Exploring recent diachrony: Corpus studies of lexicogrammar and language practices in Late Modern English. (Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English 18). Helsinki: VARIENG.

(2017) Exploring the patterns of verbal agreement of collective noun-headed subjects in a parsed corpus of Present-Day English. In Chelo Vargas-Sierra (ed.), AESLA 2016. (EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics, vol. 2), 325–334.

(2016) Tracing the history of of-collectives: On the idiomatisation of a number of, a/the majority of and a group of. In Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz and Jon Ortiz de Urbina Arruabarrena (eds.), On the move: Glancing backwards to build a future in English studies. Bilbao: University of Deusto, 247-256.

(2016) Revisiting the role of plural of-dependents on verbal agreement with collective nouns: A syntactic pilot study on New Englishes. In Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz and Jon Ortiz de Urbina Arruabarrena (eds.), On the move: Glancing backwards to build a future in English studies. Bilbao: University of Deusto, 237-245. 

(2015) Verbal agreement with collective noun-based constructions: Syntactic and lexical implications of of-dependents. In Alberto Lázaro Lafuente and María Dolores Porto Requejo (eds.), English and American studies in Spain: New developments and trends. Alcalá de Henares: University of Alcalá de Henares, 206-217. 

(2014) Collective nouns in English: A corpus-based study on agreement. In Esther Álvarez López, Emilia María Durán Almarza and Alicia Menéndez Tarrazo (eds.), Building interdisciplinary knowledge. Approaches to English and American studies in Spain. Oviedo: KRK Ediciones, 323-334. 

Conference presentations

2017

  • "Verbal agreement with NCOLL-of-NPL subjects in the inner varieties of English in GloWbE". 9th AELINCO Conference (CILC2017), University Paris-Diderot (France).
  • "A syntactic dip into verbal agreement in NCOLL-of-NPL subjects". Grammatical Variation and Change in English, University of Leuven (Belgium).

2016

  • "New insights into the idiomatisation of NCOLL-of-NPL constructions". 40th AEDEAN Conference. University of Zaragoza.
  • "Disentangling the patterns of agreement of NCOLL-of-NPL subjects: Syntax and semantics as two interrelated determining forces". 31st AJL Conference, University of Vigo.
  • "Exploring morphology and syntactic complexity in collective noun-based subjects with of-dependents: A pilot study in GloWbE". 37th ICAME Conference, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong).
  • “Regional variation in verbal agreement with collective-headed subjects”. IDAES Graduate Day 2016, University of Santiago de Compostela.
  • A group of students is here and a group of teachers are there: Exploring the syntactic and semantic motivations for verb number choice in collective-headed subjects”. Postgraduate Research Conference 2016, University of Lancaster (UK).
  • “What motivates verbal agreement variation with collective-headed subjects? Evidence from synchrony and diachrony”. UCREL Corpus Research Seminar, University of Lancaster (UK).

  • “Exploring the patterns of verbal agreement of collective noun-headed subjects in a parsed corpus of Present-Day English”. 34th AESLA Conference, University of Alicante.

  • “Tracing the history of of-collectives: On the idiomatisation of a number of, a/the majority of and a group of”. 39th AEDEAN Conference, University of Deusto.

  • “Revisiting the role of plural of-dependents on verbal agreement with collective nouns: A syntactic pilot study on New Englishes”. 39th AEDEAN Conference, University of Deusto.

  • "Verbal agreement with collective noun-based subjects in British and American English: How complexity influences agreement mismatches". 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2015), University of Leiden (The Netherlands)

  •  "Complexity and agreement mismatches: A corpus-based study on collective nouns in Present-Day English". 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE6), University of Wisconsin-Madison (EEUU).

  • "The interaction between syntactic and structural complexity and verbal agreement: A case study on number mismatches with collective noun-based subjects in English" [poster]. Agreement Across Borders Conference, University of Zadar (Croacia).

  • "Verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: Syntactic and structural complexity as determinant factors". Fourth International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC4), 4-6 February; Vigo, Universidade de Vigo.

  • "These points stated, a number of problems remain: A corpus-based analysis on the idiomatisation of collective noun-based constructions" [póster]. 36th ICAME Conference, University of Trier (Germany).

  • “Agreement in number with collective nouns in New Englishes”. IDAES Graduate Day 2015, University of Vigo.

  • “Verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: Syntactic and structural complexity as determinant factors”. ELC4, University of Vigo.

2014

  • "Verbal agreement with collective noun-based constructions: Syntactic and lexical implications of of-dependents". 38th AEDEAN Conference, University of Alcalá.
  • "Verbal agreement with collective nominal constructions: Syntactic and semantic determinants". VCC Symposium 2014, University of La Rioja. 
  • "Verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: A corpus-based study". 3rd ISLE Conference, University of Zurich. 
  • "Patterns of verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: A corpus-based analysis on attraction and syntactic distance". 20th ELC Research Seminar, University of Vigo. 

2013

  • "Collective nouns in English: A corpus-based styudy on agreement". 37th AEDEAN Conference, University of Oviedo. 

 

Conference organisation

I have been involved in the organisation of the following conferences hosted by the University of Vigo:

Teaching

I have taught different modules from the Degree in Foreign Languages at the University of Vigo, mainly Structure of the first foreign language: English, but I have also collaborated in Language variation and language change of the first foreign language: English, Morphosyntax of the first foreign language: EnglishHistory of the first foreign language: English; as well as Modern language: Language 1, III: English from the Degree in Translation and Interpretation and English as a foreign language from the Degree in Early Childhood Education at the same university.

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