Universidade de Vigo


Carla Seabra-Dacosta has a BA in Foreign Languages with specialisation in English Language Linguistics (2016) from the University of Vigo, and an MA in Advanced English Studies and its Applications (2017), also from the University of Vigo (Interdisciplinary Programme with the University of Santiago de Compostela and the University of A Coruña).

For her BA dissertation, entitled ‘The Hamilton Letters: Variation and Change in Syntax and Spelling’, she studied selected linguistic features in the practice of epistolary writing in Mary Hamilton’s social network (1756–1816). Following up on this, her MA dissertation ‘Epistolary Writing in the Eighteenth Century: Terms of Address and Self-corrections’ focuses on terms of address and self-corrections in two different letter corpora: the Hamilton papers and the Corpus of Late Eighteenth-Century Prose. Both dissertations consider variation and change regarding linguistic and extralinguistic factors. Besides, the MA dissertation takes into consideration too the influence of prescriptive rules documented in a selection of contemporary letter-writing manuals and grammars.

In her PhD thesis Carla will carry out a deeper investigation on letter-writing in the Late Modern English period. Provisional title: “Epistolary writing in Late Modern English - The case study of the Hamilton Papers.”

Carla’s research for her BA, MA and PhD studies has been supervised by Nuria Yáñez-Bouza.



Carla has worked as a research assistant in the following projects:

  • January-May 2017: ‘Image to Text’, project on the Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1750 - c.1820). PI: Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (University of Vigo) and David Denison (University of Manchester), in collaboration with the Digitisation Strategy of the Centre of Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, The John Rylands Library, and the John Rylands Research Institute (Seedcorn Grant: November 2016 - July 2017).
  • October 2016: 'The art of writing English': A corpus of schoolchildren's writings. PI: Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (University of Vigo) and Victorina González-Díaz (University of Liverpool). Funded by Xunta de Galicia, Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Ordenación Universitaria (May 2014 - November 2016).

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