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Facultade de Filoloxía e Tradución (office B36) · Campus Universitario · E-36310 Vigo (Spain)
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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 an 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), Graz (2019-2021) and Neuchâtel (2021-2022). She worked as Junior Lecturer ("Ayudante") at the University of Cantabria (April 2018-October 2019), as a postdoctoral fellow (Regional Government of Galicia, ED481B-2019/077) at the University of Vigo (October 2019-February 2022) and as Lecturer ("Ayudante Doctora") at the University of Santiago de Compostela (February-October 2022). Since October 2022 she is Lecturer at the Department of English, French and German at the University of Vigo.

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 and corpus-driven categorisation 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 in Spain.






  • On the effect of CLIL intensity on the agreement morphology errors and null subjects of young learners of English. [with Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto]
  • Why why-fragments? A corpus-based constructionist analysis of their form and meaning. [with Javier Pérez-Guerra]
  • A corpus-based analysis of the enriched interpretation of why-fragments in contemporary British English. [with Javier Pérez-Guerra]
  • An ecology of fragmentary constructions in English: A corpus-driven cognitive categorisation. [with Javier Pérez-Guerra]


  • An analysis of fragments in Present-Day written and spoken English. In Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto, Mª del Carmen Camus Camus & Jesús Ángel González-López (eds.), Moving beyond the pandemic: English and American studies in Spain, 56-64. Santander: Editorial de la Universidad de Cantabria. ISBN: 978-84-19024-15-2. doi: 10.22429/Euc2022.034
  • 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, 125-153. Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN: 9783631878149. doi: 10.3726/b19739









Conference organisation

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

University of Vigo

University of Cantabria



University of Vigo (2023/24)

  • Language for specific purposes (Degree in Foreign Languages)
  • Variation and changes in the first foreign language: English (Degree in Foreign Languages)

  • English for Specific Purposes (Master in Advanced English Studies and its Applications)

  • Language 2, III: English (Degree in Translation and Interpreting)

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