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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 a 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). After working as Junior Lecturer ("Ayudante") at the University of Cantabria (April 2018-October 2019), she returned to the Department of English, French and German at the University of Vigo as a postdoctoral fellow on a competitive grant from the Regional Government of Galicia (ED481B-2019/077) (October 2019-February 2022). Since February 2022, she works as Assistant Lecturer ("Ayudante Doctora") at the University of Santiago de Compostela, where she has joined the Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization research group.

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 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.






  • An analysis of fragments in Present-Day written and spoken English. In Proceedings of the 44th AEDEAN Conference.










Conference organisation

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

University of Vigo

University of Cantabria



University of Santiago de Compostela (2022/23)

  • English Corpus Linguistics (Master in Advanced English Studies and its Applications)
  • Contrastive Linguistics (Master in Advanced English Studies and its Applications)
  • English Morphosyntax (English Language and Literature Degree)
  • History of the English Language 1 (English Language and Literature Degree)
  • English Phonetics and Phonology (English Language and Literature Degree)
  • English: Comprehension and Written Expression (Teaching Primary Education Degree)
  • Technical English (Chemical Engineering Degree)

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