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Evelyn Gandón-Chapela holds an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Vigo (2010) with a specialization in English Linguistics. In 2016 she completed her PhD in English linguistics with a dissertation, supervised by Prof. Javier Pérez Guerra (Vigo), on Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in Modern English which was awarded the Faculty of Philology Extraordinary PhD Award 2015-2016. In October 2010 she joined the Department of English, French and German Studies at the University of Vigo, where she was integrated within the research group Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC), on a four-year FPI research grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. From January to October 2015 she was involved in the project “The Art of Writing English: A Corpus of Schoolchildren’s writings” as part-time research assistant . At present, she holds a position as Lecturer ('Contratada Doctora') in English Language and Linguistics and is the Language Policy Coordinator of the Vice-rectorate for Internationalisation and Global Engagement at the University of Cantabria.

Evelyn's research focuses on the study of grammatical change in the recent history of the English language, second language acquisition and CLIL. In addition, she has experience in the compilation of electronic corpora, as she collaborated in the compilation of The APU Writing and Reading Corpus 1979-1988 and The Primary Education Learners' English Corpus

As an Erasmus exchange student (2006-2007), Evelyn studied at the University of Adam Mickiewic in Poznan (Poland). During the academic year 2009-2010, she was an ISEP exchange student at Truman State University in Missouri (USA). She has developed research stays at the Universities of Ghent (February-April 2011), Chicago (January-July 2012), Paris Diderot-Paris 7 (April-October 2013, May-December 2014 and June-July 2015), University College London (February 2017) and University of the Basque Country-UPV/EHU (January-February 2023).

Evelyn’s research monograph On Invisible Language in Modern English: A Corpus-based Approach to Ellipsis (Bloomsbury Academic, 2020) received the Leocadio Martín Mingorance Book Award for Theoretical and Applied English Linguistics at the General Assembly of AEDEAN (November 2020). It was also shortlisted for the 2022 ESSE Book Award for books published by members of European Society for the Study of English in the years 2020 and 2021 (Category B: first book; Field: English Language and Linguistics).


Phd Dissertation

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2016. A Corpus-Based Analysis of Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in Modern English: Methodological and Theoretical Issues (defended 12 April 2016, International Doctorate). Supervisor: Prof. Javier Pérez Guerra. Examiners: Prof. Anne Abeillé (Université Paris Diderot-Paris 7), Dr. Rodrigo Pérez Lorido (University of Oviedo) and Dr. Arja Nurmi (University of Tampere).



Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2020. On Invisible Language in Modern English: A Corpus-based Approach to Ellipsis. London, Oxford, New York, New Delhi & Sydney: Bloomsbury Academic. ISBN 9781350064515.

Book chapters

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn & Javier Pérez Guerra (2023). "Data and Theory Hand in Hand: Determinants of Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in Modern English". In Bridging Cultures: English and American Studies in Spain, ed. by Luis Javier Conejero Magro, Cristina Blanco García, Laura Méndez Márquez and Jennifer de la Salud Ruiz Morgan, 145-153. Cáceres: Universidad de Extremadura. E-I.S.B.N.: 978-84-9127-212-0.

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2017. ‘We cou’d not fail of learning the Latin language, as well as we do the Modern Languages’: An Empirical Study of the Licensors and Genre Distribution of Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in Late Modern English”. In New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III: Diachronic studies, discourse analysis and pragmatics, grammar and language processing, lexis and semantics, ed. by Sofía Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies and Iván Tamaredo, 83-105. Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-0343-2039-9.

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2014. A Corpus-Based Analysis of Predicate Ellipsis in Late Modern English”. In  Building Interdisciplinary Knowledge. Approaches to English and American Studies in Spain, ed. by Esther Álvarez López, Emilia María Durán Almarza and Alicia Menéndez Tarrazo. Oviedo: KRK Ediciones. ISBN: 978-84-8367-475-8.

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2013. "A Corpus-Based Comparison of Manual and Automatic Retrieval of Predicate Ellipsis in Late Modern English”. In Hopes and Fears: English and American Studies in Spain, ed. by Rosario Arias, Miriam López Rodríguez, Antonio Moreno Ortiz and Chantal Pérez Hernández. Málaga: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Málaga. ISBN: 978-84-616-6917-2.

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2013. "A corpus-based analysis of invisible elements in English: A pilot study on verb-governed ellipsis". In Reverberations of Silence: Silenced texts, Sub-texts and Authors in Literature, Language and Translation, ed. by Marta Pellerdi and Grabriella Reuss. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (10): 1-4438-4326-1.

Journal articles

Gallardo-del-Puerto, Francisco & Evelyn Gandón-Chapela (forthcoming). “The interpretation of reflexive pronouns in VP-ellipsis by L2 English learners with different proficiency levels”. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada.

Martínez-González, Ana & Evelyn Gandón-Chapela (2021). "Boosting English Vocabulary Knowledge through Corpus-Aided Word Formation Practice". Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada 20(1), 49-70. 

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2020. "A corpus-based analysis of Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis voice mismatches in Late Modern English". Special Issue "Fragments or Ellipsis or both? New Challenges and New Perspectives" of Acta Linguistica Hafniensia. International Journal of Linguistics, 1-16.

Blanco-Suárez, Zeltia, Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto & Evelyn Gandón-Chapela. 2020. "The Primary Education Learners’ English Corpus (PELEC): Design and compilation". Research in Corpus Linguistics 8(1), 147-163.

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn & Francisco Gallardo-del-Puerto. 2019.  "Verb phrase ellipsis and reflexive anaphora resolution in second language acquisition: A study of Spanish learners of English". Miscelánea: A Journal of English and American Studies, vol. 59 (2019): 71-94. ISSN: 1137-6368

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2016. “Hunting for Post-Auxiliary Ellipsis in a parsed corpus of EnglishResearch in Corpus Linguistics 4 (2016): 33-38. ISSN 2243-4712.

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn & Javier Pérez Guerra. 2016. Ellipsis: licensing, structure and identity”. Special issue of The Linguistic Review, vol. 33, 3(4): 445-452. ISSN 1613-3676.

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2016. First editor [with Javier Pérez Guerra]. “Ellipsis: licensing, structure and identity”. Special issue of The Linguistic Review, vol. 33, 3(4). ISSN 1613-3676.

Edited books

Gandón-Chapela, Evelyn. 2014.  [third editor with Paula Rodríguez-Puente, Teresa Fanego, Sara María Riveiro-Outeiral and María Luisa Roca-Varela]. Current Research in Applied Linguistics: Issues on Language and Cognition. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing. ISBN (10): 1-4438-5354-2.


University of Cantabria (2015-present)

Second Language Acquistion Research Methodology (MA class), Morphosyntax and Semantics of the English Language (3rd year BA class), English Language and its Didactics (3rd year BA class), Acquisition and Teaching of the Mother Tongue and Foreign Languages (2nd year BA class) and English Language (1st year BA class).


University of Vigo (2008-2015)

English Linguistics: Seminar (5th year BA class), Structure of the English language (4th year BA class), Variation and change in the English language (4th year BA class) and Writing Skills (1st and 2nd year BA extramural class at the Writing Center).


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