AEDEAN prizes LVTC research on agreement


Yolanda Fernández-Pena’s monograph, Reconciling Synchrony, Diachrony and Usage in Verb Number Agreement with Complex Collective Subjects (Routledge, 2020), has just received the Leocadio Martín Mingorance Book Award for English Language and Linguistics at the General Assembly of the 44th AEDEAN International Conference (26 November 2021, University of Cantabria). In her monograph, Yolanda used corpus-based methodologies and statistical modelling to unpack the different morphological, syntactic, semantic and lexical dimensions of the variables affecting verb number agreement with complex collective noun phrases in English. Her multidimensional analysis of the significance of of-dependents in the patterning and contemporary usage of collective nouns offers new insight into and understanding of both synchronic variation and diachronic change.