Department of English and German
Facultad de Filología
University of Santiago de Compostela
E-15782 Santiago de
Phone: +34 981 563100, ext. 11899
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I work as a Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. I studied Germanic Philology in Santiago de Compostela and specialized (1975-1976) in English Linguistics at University College London, on a British Council scholarship.
In 1978 I completed my doctorate on “Linguistic Variants in Seventeenth and Eighteenth Century Editions of Shakespeare” (Extraordinary PhD Award, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters). In 1984 I was appointed Associate Professor of English in Santiago de Compostela and since May 1990 I hold the chair in English Language and Linguistics (from September 2018 as Professor Emeritus). I am also an elected member of the Steering Committee of USC’s International Doctorate School (EDIUS).
Most of my published work has been on the English of Shakespeare and his contemporaries and on various aspects of English historical syntax, including sentential complement constructions and the expression of motion events. More generally, my research focuses on grammaticalization processes, which I examine from the perspective of cognitive and constructional models of grammar. Recently, I have also become interested in the development of English legal discourse, and on the emergence of new periphrases of aspect and modality.
Since the 1990s I have been the director of the research unit for Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization (VLCG) at the University of Santiago de Compostela. I am also the coordinator of the research network English Linguistics Circle (ELC), established in 2006 under funding from the European Regional Development Fund, the Regional Government of Galicia, and (between 2014 and 2016) the Spanish National Research Plan.
From August 2019 to September 2020 I served as President of the Societas Linguistica Europaea (SLE). Currently I am Vice-President.
For information on English diachronic corpora compiled at the VLCG research unit, see:
Brief video of the research unit: