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 (2012-2013). 

Her research focuses on language change in the recent history of the English language. More specifically, she is currently investigating the linguistic variation of verbal agreement with collective nouns in English, the main topic of her PhD Dissertation, Determinants of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects: A corpus-based analysis in English (supervisor Prof. Javier Pérez Guerra). Her dissertation, which integrates approaches like corpus linguistics, English historical linguistics and textual statistics, will comprise a grammatical study accounting for the morpho-syntactic and lexico-semantic determinants of verb number agreement with complex collective subjects in Late Modern and Present-Day English.

In December 2013, she was awarded a predoctoral grant from the Autonomous Government of Galicia (I2C programme) and, since September 2014 to December 2017, she held a four-year FPU grant from the Spanish Ministry of Education. Thanks to the financial support obtained from the Spanish Ministry of Education, she has carried out three research stays at the universities of Zurich (2015), Lancaster (2016) and Leuven (2017).

Since April 2018, she is an Assistant Lecturer ("Ayudante") at the University of Cantabria.

 

                        

                      

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) (IP: Prof. Javier Pérez Guerra, University of Vigo) and I also collaborate with the the project Bilingual Teaching and Learning in Cantabria: From Primary to Tertiary Education - 2017 (IP: Dr. Francisco Gallardo del Puerto, University of Cantabria).

BA and MA Thesis

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

Publications

2018

  • New insights into the idiomatisation of NCOLL-of-NPL constructions. In María Ferrández San Miguel & Claus-Peter Neuman (eds.), Taking stock to look ahead: Celebrating forty years of English studies in Spain, 197-206. Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de la Universidad de Zaragoza.

2017

  • Sujetos colectivos y concordancia verbal: Un estudio de frecuencias, semántica y sintaxis. RAEL 16(1). 70-84. 
  • Patterns of verbal agreement with collective nouns taking plural of-dependents: A corpus-based analysis on syntactic distance. Corpora 12(2). 207-241.
  • (Ed.) New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III: Diachronic studies, discourse analysis and pragmatics, grammar and language processing, lexis and semantics. Bern/New York: Peter Lang. [Third editor, with Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies & Iván Tamaredo.] 
  • Verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: Syntactic and structural complexity as determinant factors. In Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies & Iván Tamaredo (eds.), New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III: Diachronic studies, discourse analysis and pragmatics, grammar and language processing, lexis and semantics, 109-130. Bern/New York: Peter Lang.
  • Verbal agreement with collective nominal constructions: Syntactic and semantic determinants. Atlantis 39(1). 33-54.
  • 'These points stated, a number of problems remain': A corpus-based analysis on the idiomatisation of collective noun-based constructions. In Sebastian Hoffmann, Andrea Sand & Sabine Arndt-Lappe (eds.), Exploring recent diachrony: Corpus studies of lexicogrammar and language practices in Late Modern English. (Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English 18). Helsinki: VARIENG.
  • Exploring the patterns of verbal agreement of collective noun-headed subjects in a parsed corpus of Present-Day English. In Chelo Vargas-Sierra (ed.), AESLA 2016. (EPiC Series in Language and Linguistics, vol. 2), 325–334.

2016

  • Tracing the history of of-collectives: On the idiomatisation of a number of, a/the majority of and a group of. In Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz & Jon Ortiz de Urbina Arruabarrena (eds.), On the move: Glancing backwards to build a future in English studies, 247-256. Bilbao: University of Deusto.
  • Revisiting the role of plural of-dependents on verbal agreement with collective nouns: A syntactic pilot study on New Englishes. In Aitor Ibarrola-Armendariz & Jon Ortiz de Urbina Arruabarrena (eds.), On the move: Glancing backwards to build a future in English studies, 237-245. Bilbao: University of Deusto. 

2015

  • Verbal agreement with collective noun-based constructions: Syntactic and lexical implications of of-dependents. In Alberto Lázaro Lafuente & María Dolores Porto Requejo (eds.), English and American studies in Spain: New developments and trends, 206-217. Alcalá de Henares: University of Alcalá de Henares. 

2014

  • Collective nouns in English: A corpus-based study on agreement. In Esther Álvarez López, Emilia María Durán Almarza & Alicia Menéndez Tarrazo (eds.), Building interdisciplinary knowledge. Approaches to English and American studies in Spain, 323-334. Oviedo: KRK Ediciones. 

Conference presentations

2018

  • "Do syntax, semantics and agreement go hand in hand in complex subjects?" 10th  International Conference on Corpus Linguistics, University of Extremadura (Spain). 

2017

2016

  • "New insights into the idiomatisation of NCOLL-of-NPL constructions". 40th AEDEAN Conference, University of Zaragoza (Spain).
  • "Disentangling the patterns of agreement of NCOLL-of-NPL subjects: Syntax and semantics as two interrelated determining forces". 31st AJL Conference, University of Vigo (Spain).
  • "Exploring morphology and syntactic complexity in collective noun-based subjects with of-dependents: A pilot study in GloWbE". 37th ICAME Conference, University of Hong Kong (Hong Kong).
  • "Regional variation in verbal agreement with collective-headed subjects". IDAES Graduate Day 2016, University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain).
  • "A group of students is here and a group of teachers are there: Exploring the syntactic and semantic motivations for verb number choice in collective-headed subjects". Postgraduate Research Conference 2016, University of Lancaster (UK).
  • "What motivates verbal agreement variation with collective-headed subjects? Evidence from synchrony and diachrony". UCREL Corpus Research Seminar, University of Lancaster (UK).

  • "Exploring the patterns of verbal agreement of collective noun-headed subjects in a parsed corpus of Present-Day English". 34th AESLA Conference, University of Alicante (Spain).

2015

  • "Tracing the history of of-collectives: On the idiomatisation of a number of, a/the majority of and a group of". 39th AEDEAN Conference, University of Deusto (Spain).

  • "Revisiting the role of plural of-dependents on verbal agreement with collective nouns: A syntactic pilot study on New Englishes". 39th AEDEAN Conference, University of Deusto (Spain).

  • "Verbal agreement with collective noun-based subjects in British and American English: How complexity influences agreement mismatches". 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE 2015), University of Leiden (The Netherlands)

  • "Complexity and agreement mismatches: A corpus-based study on collective nouns in Present-Day English". 6th Biennial International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE6), University of Wisconsin-Madison (USA).

  • "The interaction between syntactic and structural complexity and verbal agreement: A case study on number mismatches with collective noun-based subjects in English" [poster]. Agreement Across Borders Conference, University of Zadar (Croacia).

  • "These points stated, a number of problems remain: A corpus-based analysis on the idiomatisation of collective noun-based constructions" [poster]. 36th ICAME Conference, University of Trier (Germany).

  • "Agreement in number with collective nouns in New Englishes". IDAES Graduate Day 2015, University of Vigo (Spain).

  • "Verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: Syntactic and structural complexity as determinant factors". ELC4, University of Vigo (Spain).

2014

  • "Verbal agreement with collective noun-based constructions: Syntactic and lexical implications of of-dependents". 38th AEDEAN Conference, University of Alcalá (Spain).
  • "Verbal agreement with collective nominal constructions: Syntactic and semantic determinants". VCC Symposium 2014, University of La Rioja (Spain). 
  • "Verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: A corpus-based study". 3rd ISLE Conference, University of Zurich (Switzerland). 
  • "Patterns of verbal agreement with collectives taking of-dependents: A corpus-based analysis on attraction and syntactic distance". 20th ELC Research Seminar, University of Vigo (Spain). 

2013

  • "Collective nouns in English: A corpus-based styudy on agreement". 37th AEDEAN Conference, University of Oviedo (Spain). 

 

Conference organisation

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

University of Cantabria

University of Vigo

Teaching

University of Cantabria

  • (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)
  • (2014-2018) 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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