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New trends and methodologies in applied English language research III

Synchronic and diachronic studies on discourse, lexis and grammar processing

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Sofia Bemposta-Rivas, Carla Bouzada-Jabois, Yolanda Fernández-Pena, Tamara Bouso, Yolanda J. Calvo-Benzies and Iván Tamaredo

This volume includes eleven papers pertaining to different areas of linguistics and organised into three sections. Part I contains diachronic studies which cover data from Middle English to Present-Day English and which explore phenomena such as the status of extender tags, the distribution of free adjuncts, post-auxiliary ellipsis, and the use of ‘ephemeral’ concessive adverbial subordinators. Part II comprises studies on grammar and language processing dealing with topics such as the interaction between syntactic and structural complexity and verbal agreement with collective subjects, the influence of distributivity and concreteness on verbal agreement, the interaction of complexity and efficiency in pronoun omission in Indian English and Singapore English, and the methods and approaches used for grammar teaching in modern EFL/ESL textbooks. Finally, Part III revolves around lexis, discourse and pragmatics, with papers that discuss the development of the discoursal representation of social actors in Argentinian newspapers after the military dictatorship, the construction of women’s gender identity through positive and negative emotions in women’s magazines, and spelling-to-sound correspondence on Twitter.

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SOFÍA BEMPOSTA-RIVAS holds a BA in English Philology at the University of Vigo. She completed an MA in Advanced English Studies at the same University, where she also wrote her Master’s dissertation on “A Corpus-Based Study of Complement Clauses and Need in the Recent History of English” under the supervision of Dr. Javier Pérez-Guerra. She is a member of the research group Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (LVTC) where she has obtained a four-year FPI research grant from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness. Her research focuses on English historical syntax, specifically on non-finite complementation, using corpora and an empirical methodology. Sofía has worked as a full-time researcher in the research projects “‘The art of writing English’: A corpus of schoolchildren’s writings”, “Early Modern English Medical Texts” corpus, “Consolidation and Structuring of Units of Competitive Research (Research Networks)” and “Analysis of the English Non-copulative Clauses” (Period 1751–1800).

CARLA BOUZADA-JABOIS has a BA in English Philology from the University of Vigo. She has an MA in Advanced English Studies and an MA in Secondary School and Language Education from the same university. Carla has been involved in different projects as Research Assistant and she is currently working on her PhD dissertation A corpus-based study of free adjuncts and absolutes in the recent history of English under the supervision of Dr. Javier Pérez-Guerra (University of Vigo) and Prof. Hubert Cuyckens (KU Leuven).

YOLANDA FERNÁNDEZ-PENA holds a BA in English...

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