Universidade de Vigo

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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 an MA in Advanced English Studies (Specialisation in English Linguistics) from the same university (2013). She completed her PhD in English Linguistics in 2018 (International Doctorate, PhD Extraordinary Award in 2020) with a dissertation entitled Determinants of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects: A corpus-based analysis in English and supervised by Prof. Javier Pérez-Guerra.

Yolanda joined the LVTC research group in 2012 on an MA research grant (January-July 2013) 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 (I2C, ref. PRE/2013/396). From September 2014 to December 2017 she held a FPU grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education, Culture and Sport (ref. FPU13/01509), thanks to which she also obtained financial support to carry out research stays at the universities of Zurich (2015), Lancaster (2016) and Leuven (2017). From April 2018 to October 2019, she worked as Junior Lecturer ("Ayudante") at the University of Cantabria. In 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 (ref. ED481B-2019/077). Currently, she is on a one-year research stay at the University of Graz, under the supervision of Prof Gunther Kaltenböck.

Her research focuses on language change in the recent history of the English language. More specifically, she investigates the linguistic variation of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects in Late Modern and Present-Day English.

 

                        

                      

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) (PI: Prof. Javier Pérez-Guerra, University of Vigo).

Dissertations

(December 2018) PhD Thesis (International Doctorate, PhD Extraordinary Award in 2020): Determinants of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects: A corpus-based analysis in English. Supervisor: Prof. Javier Pérez-Guerra. PhD examiners: Prof. Kristin Davidse (KU Leuven), Prof. Juan Carlos Acuña Fariña (University of Santiago de Compostela) and Prof. Magnus Levin (Linnaeus University).

(February 2015) BA Thesis ("tesina"): A corpus-based study on verbal agreement with collective nouns in the recent history of English. Supervisor: 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. Supervisor: Prof. Javier Pérez-Guerra.

Publications

2020

  • (in press) Review of Laure Gardelle's Semantic plurality: English collective nouns and other ways of denoting pluralities of entities, 2019. Babel - Afial: Aspectos de Filología Inglesa y Alemana 29(1).
  • Complex collective subjects in inner-circle World Englishes: Verb number variation and quantifying usage. In Pilar Guerrero Medina, Macarena Palma Gutiérrez & María Valero Redondo (eds.), Advances in English and American Studies: Current developments, future trends, 117-129. Córdoba: UCOPress, Cordoba University Press. ISBN: 978-84-9927-546-8.

2018

2017

2016

2015

2014

Conference organisation

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

University of Cantabria

University of Vigo

Teaching

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)

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)

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