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 an 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 PhD Dissertation, Determinants of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects: A corpus-based analysis in English (supervisor Prof. Javier Pérez-Guerra). Her dissertation, which integrates approaches like corpus linguistics, English historical linguistics and textual statistics, will comprise a grammatical study accounting for the morpho-syntactic and lexico-semantic determinants of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects in Late Modern and Present-Day English.
In December 2013, she was awarded a predoctoral grant from the Autonomous Government of Galicia (I2C programme) and, since September 2014 to December 2017, she held 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).
Since April 2018, she is an Assistant Lecturer ("Ayudante") at the University of Cantabria.
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) (PI: Prof. Javier Pérez-Guerra, University of Vigo) and I also collaborate with the the project Bilingual Teaching and Learning in Cantabria: From Primary to Tertiary Education - 2017 (PI: Dr. Francisco Gallardo del Puerto, University of Cantabria).
BA and MA Thesis
(February 2015) BA Thesis ("tesina"): A corpus-based study on verbal agreement with collective nouns in the recent history of English, supervised by Prof. 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 Prof. Javier Pérez-Guerra.
- New insights into the idiomatisation of NCOLL-of-NPL constructions. In María Ferrández San Miguel & Claus-Peter Neuman (eds.), Taking stock to look ahead: Celebrating forty years of English studies in Spain, 197-206. Zaragoza: University of Zaragoza Press.
- Sujetos colectivos y concordancia verbal: Un estudio de frecuencias, semántica y sintaxis. RAEL 16(1). 70-84.
- Patterns of verbal agreement with collective nouns taking plural of-dependents: A corpus-based analysis on syntactic distance. Corpora 12(2). 207-241.
- (Ed.) 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. [Third editor, with Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies & Iván Tamaredo.]
- 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 & 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, 109-130. Bern/New York: Peter Lang.
- Verbal agreement with collective nominal constructions: Syntactic and semantic determinants. Atlantis 39(1). 33-54.
- '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 & 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.
- 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.
- 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 & Jon Ortiz de Urbina Arruabarrena (eds.), On the move: Glancing backwards to build a future in English studies, 247-256. Bilbao: University of Deusto.
- Revisiting the role of plural of-dependents on verbal agreement with collective nouns: A syntactic pilot study on New Englishes. In Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz & Jon Ortiz de Urbina Arruabarrena (eds.), On the move: Glancing backwards to build a future in English studies, 237-245. Bilbao: University of Deusto.
- Verbal agreement with collective noun-based constructions: Syntactic and lexical implications of of-dependents. In Alberto Lázaro Lafuente & María Dolores Porto Requejo (eds.), English and American studies in Spain: New developments and trends, 206-217. Alcalá de Henares: University of Alcalá de Henares.
- Collective nouns in English: A corpus-based study on agreement. In Esther Álvarez López, Emilia María Durán Almarza & Alicia Menéndez Tarrazo (eds.), Building interdisciplinary knowledge. Approaches to English and American studies in Spain, 323-334. Oviedo: KRK Ediciones.
I have been involved in the organisation of the following conferences:
University of Cantabria
- (25-27 June 2018) "V Congreso Internacional de Lingüística y Literatura. Intersecciones en el estudio de lenguas modernas".
University of Vigo
(24-25 May 2018) "Modelling the linguistic architecture of English: theories and methods”.
(28-30 September 2017) “7th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE2017)”.
(04-06 February 2015) “Exploring Liminality in Anglophone Studies (ASYRAS2015”.
(04-06 February 2015) “Fourth International Postgraduate Conference on Language and Cognition (ELC4)”.
(18-19 October 2013) “Englishes Today”.
(09-10 November 2012) “International Workshop: Ellipsis2012”.
University of Cantabria
(2018/19) Conversation in English (Senior Program)
- (2018/19) English (2nd year, Degree in Nursing)
- (2017/18) English (1st year, Degree in Economics)
University of Vigo
I have taught different modules
- (2017/18) Language and society of the first foreign language: English (4th year, Degree in Foreign Languages)
- (2014-18) Structure of the first foreign language: English (4th year, Degree in Foreign Languages)
(2014/15) Language variation and language change of the first foreign language: English (4th year, Degree in Foreign Languages)
- (2013/14) English as a foreign language (2nd year, Degree in Early Childhood Education)
and collaborated in some others
- (2016/17) Morphosyntax of the first foreign language: English (2nd year, Degree in Foreign Languages)
- (2016/17) Modern language: Language 1, III: English (2nd year, Degree in Translation and Interpretation)
- (2014/15) History of the first foreign language: English (3rd year, Degree in Foreign Languages)