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In the 1990s, together with a team of scholars based at the Department of English and German of the University of Santiago de Compostela, I started work on the research project Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization. We carry out corpus-based research on grammatical change in the history of English, on changes going on in Present-day English, and on varieties of English generally. On a broader level, we are interested in typological issues in the field of cognitive-functional linguistics, with a focus on grammaticalization processes and Construction Grammar.

In the recent past we have hosted the two most important international conferences in the fields of English historical linguistics and grammaticalization research, namely the Eleventh International Conference on English Historical Linguistics (11ICEHL), in September 2000, and the Third International Conference New Reflections on Grammaticalization (NRG3), in July 2005; the latest meetings in these series were held in Leuven (18ICEHL) and Edinburgh (NRG5). In May 2013 the team organized the annual Conference of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME34).

Over the period 2007-2012 the Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation included the project in the category CONSOLIDER, a Programme of Excellence intended to promote high-quality scientific research. We have also received funding from the European Regional Development Fund and other authorities and organizations, as follows (Principal Investigator in all cases: Teresa Fanego, unless otherwise indicated):

  1. 01/08/1991 - 01/08/1994: Spanish Ministry for Education and Science (grant PB90-0370). €15 025
  2. 01/08/1995 - 01/08/1998: Spanish Ministry for Education and Science (grant PB 94-0619). €18 030
  3. 01/10/1998 - 01/10/2001: Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture (grant PB 97-0507). €19 532
  4. 01/01/2000 - 31/12/2000: Spanish Ministry for Education and Culture (grant CO99-0299, for the organization of the 11ICEHL international conference). €4 216
  5. 01/01/2000 - 31/12/2000: Regional Government of Galicia (grant DOG 12/05/2000, for the organization of the 11ICEHL international conference). €3 614
  6. 01/08/2001 - 01/08/2004: Regional Government of Galicia (grant PGIDT01PXI20404PR). €37 142
  7. 28/12/2001 - 27/12/2004: Spanish Ministry for Science and Technology (grant BFF2001-2914). €48 519 plus one four-year PhD research position
  8. 14/08/2002 - 13/08/2005: Regional Government of Galicia (grant PGIDIT02PXIC20402PN). €20 621
  9. 13/12/2004 - 12/12/2007: Spanish Ministry for Education and Science (grant HUM2004-00940). €77 920 plus one four-year PhD research position
  10. 12/07/2005 - 12/07/2008: Regional Government of Galicia (grant PGIDIT05PXIC20401PN). €21 100
  11. 01/01/2006 - 19/12/2008: Regional Government of Galicia (grant 2006/14-0). €73 125, for the research network English Linguistics Circle (ELC)
  12. 01/03/2007 - 28/02/2008: Spanish Ministry for Education and Science & Regional Government of Galicia (grant 2006-19). €34 000, for one year's research leave
  13. 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2008: Regional Government of Galicia (grant 2008/RC030-1, for the organization of the ELC1 postgraduate conference). €600
  14. 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2008: Spanish Ministry for Education and Science (grant FFI2008-00883-E/FILO, for the organization of the ELC1 postgraduate conference). €4 000
  15. 01/01/2008 - 31/12/2010: Regional Government of Galicia (grant 2008/047). €150 000, for the research network English Linguistics Circle (ELC)
  16. 02/08/2008 - 01/08/2011: Regional Government of Galicia (INCITE grant 08PXIB204016PR). €33 810
  17. 01/01/2009 - 31/12/2010: Regional Government of Galicia (grant 2009/047). €120 000 for the research network "Corpus design and annotation". Principal Investigator: Guillermo Rojo (Dept. of Hispanic Linguistics, University of Santiago de Compostela)
  18. 01/10/2007 - 30/09/2012: Spanish Ministry for Science and Innovation (grant HUM2007-60706). €121 000 plus one four-year PhD research position
  19. 01/01/2011 - 31/12/2012: Regional Government of Galicia (grant CN2011-011). €120 000, for the research network English Linguistics Circle (ELC)
  20. 01/08/2011 - 31/07/2014: Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (grant FFI2011-26693-C02-01). €108 900 plus one four-year PhD research position, for the project “Constructionalization and grammaticalization in English” . Principal Investigator: María José López-Couso
  21. 01/01/2012 - 31/12/2015: Fund for Scientific Research - Flanders (FWO) (grant G0A5412N). €261 700 for the project "The development of nominal and verbal gerunds from Middle to Late Modern English: towards a semantic and discourse-functional analysis". Principal Investigator: Liesbet Heyvaert (KU Leuven); other researchers involved: Hubert Cuyckens, Hendrik De Smet, Teresa Fanego
  22. 01/01/2012 - 30/11/2014: funding from the Regional Government of Galicia (grant CN2012/012). €70 000
  23. 01/01/2014 - 30/12/2015: funding from the Regional Government of Galicia (grant R2014/016). €120 000, for the research network English Linguistics Circle (ELC)
  24. 08/10/2014 - 30/11/2016: funding from the Regional Government of Galicia (grant GPC2014/004). €70 000
  25. 01/12/2014 - 30/11/2016: funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (grant FFI2014-51873-REDT). €15 000, for the research network English Linguistics Circle ( ELC). Principal Investigator: Ignacio Palacios (Dept. of English and German, University of Santiago de Compostela)
  26. 01/01/2015 - 31/12/2017: funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (National Programme for Excellence in Scientific and Technical Research; grant FFI2014-52188-P). €89 540, plus one four-year PhD research position, for the project "Exploring gradience and constructionalization in linguistic variation: evidence from contemporary and historical English", to be carried out in collaboration with research teams from the Universities of KU Leuven and Edinburgh.
  27. 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019: grant ED431D 2017/09, Axudas do Programa de Consolidación e Estruturación de Unidades de Investigación Competitivas – Rede de Investigación English Linguistics Circle. Partners: Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo. PI: Teresa Fanego. Funding institution: Regional Government of Galicia, Directorate General for Scientific and Technological Promotion; 120.000 euros.
  28. 01/01/2017 - 31/12/2019: grant ED431B 2017/12, Axudas do Programa de Consolidación e Estruturación de Unidades de Investigación Competitivas – GPC. PI: Teresa Fanego. Funding institution: Regional Government of Galicia, Directorate General for Scientific and Technological Promotion; 90.000 euros.

For my research on English sentential complementation from 1700 to the present day I compiled COLMOBAENG (A Corpus of Late Modern British and American English Prose). This database of British and American English texts covers the years 1700 to 1879 and has about 1,170,000 words (800,000 BrE; 370,000 AmE). Interested scholars who wish to use the corpus simply need to contact me. Fuller details and user's manual are available at the following address:
http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/CoRD/corpora/COLMOBAENG/index.html

Other areas of research on which I am currently working include the development of English motion constructions from Old English times, and developments in English legal discourse.

 
 
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