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Yolanda Fernández-Pena holds a BA (BA Extraordinary Graduate Prize in 2013) and an MA in English Philology from the University of Vigo, where she also completed her PhD in English Linguistics in 2018 (International Award, PhD Extraordinary Award in 2020).

Yolanda joined the LVTC research group in December 2012 on an MA research grant, and the Department of English, French and German at the University of Vigo in December 2013 on a predoctoral grant from the Regional Government of Galicia (PRE/2013/396). From September 2014 to December 2017, she held a FPU grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (FPU13/01509), which also provided generous financial support to carry out research stays at the Universities of Zurich (2015), Lancaster (2016) and Leuven (2017). Yolanda was also a predoctoral visiting scholar at the Universities of Liverpool (2014) and Leuven (2016), and a postdoctoral visiting researcher at the Universities of Leuven (2019) and Graz (2019-2021). After working as Junior Lecturer ("Ayudante") at the University of Cantabria (April 2018-October 2019), she returned to the Department of English, French and German at the University of Vigo as a postdoctoral fellow on a competitive grant from the Regional Government of Galicia (ED481B-2019/077). She is currently carrying out a one-year research stay at the University of Neuchâtel, under the supervision of Prof. Martin Hilpert.

Yolanda's research focuses on language change in the recent history of the English language, particularly on the linguistic variation of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects in Late Modern and Present-Day English and the syntactic characterisation of fragments in Present-Day English, as well as on the provision of agreement morphology and overt subjects in L2 English in (non-)CLIL contexts.






  • Modelling verb number agreement variation with complex collective subjects in inner-circle varieties of English. In Manfred Krug, Valentin Werner, Ole Schützler & Fabian Vetter (eds.), Perspectives on contemporary English: Structure, variation, cognition. Bern: Peter Lang.









Conference organisation

I have been involved in the organisation of the following conferences:

University of Vigo

University of Cantabria



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) Variation and changes in the first foreign language: English (4th year, Degree in Foreign Languages)
  • (2013/14) Foreign language I: English (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)

University of Cantabria

  • (2019/20) English (1st year, Degree in Industrial Technologies Engineering)
  • (2018-20) English (2nd year, Degree in Nursing)
  • (2018/19) Language acquisition research methodology (Master’s Degree in Second Language Learning and Teaching)
  • (2018/19) Conversation in English (4th year, Senior Program)
  • (2017/18) English (1st year, Degree in Economics)

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