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Teresa Fanego

Teresa Fanego


Professional contact information

University of Santiago de Compostela
Santiago de Compostela  

Fields of interest

Corpus design, compilation and types
Corpus-based grammatical studies
Corpus and linguistic variation
Special uses of corpus linguistics

Research area keywords

historical linguistics, grammaticalization, cognitive linguistics, corpus linguistics, English linguistics

Other details

Teresa Fanego works as a Full Professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Santiago de Compostela. She studied Germanic Philology in Santiago de Compostela and specialized (1975/1976) in English Linguistics at University College London, on a British Council scholarship. After completing her doctorate (Extraordinary PhD Award, Faculty of Philosophy and Letters, 1980), she was appointed (1984) Associate Professor of English at Santiago de Compostela and since May 1990 she holds the chair in English Language and Linguistics.

Since 1991 she has been the director of the research unit for Variation, Linguistic Change and Grammaticalization (VLCG). The unit carries out internationally recognised corpus-based research on grammatical change in the history of English and on changes going on in Present-day English; on a broader level, its members are also interested in typological issues, with a focus on cognitive-functional linguistics, grammaticalization and Construction Grammar. To date, the unit has received  competitive funding through eight research projects of the National Research Plan and a number of additional grants from other institutions and organizations. Since 2009 it has been a partner in the international consortium of universities carrying out the expansion and tagging of ARCHER, the diachronic corpus of British and American English registers originally compiled by Douglas Biber (Northern Arizona) and Edward Finegan (Southern California) in the early 1990s.

Teresa Fanego is also the coordinator of the English Linguistics Circle (ELC), a research network comprising five research teams based at the Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo. The network was established in 2006 and is generously supported by the Regional Government of Galicia and the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, under the research grants 2006/14-0, 2008/047, CN2011/011, R2014/016 and FFI2014-51873-REDT. In October 2014, the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness appointed ELC as  a Thematic Network of Excellence for a two-year term (2015-2016).

-- Doctoral dissertations supervised to date (20): Ignacio Palacios (USC), J. Carlos Acuña Fariña (USC), MJ López Couso (USC), Belén Méndez Naya (USC), Elena Seoane (UVigo), Angeles Gómez González (USC), Javier Pérez Guerra (UVigo), Rosa Alonso (UVigo), Ricardo Bermúdez-Otero (UManchester), Mar Viña (USC), Marina Pedreira (USussex), J. Carlos García Lorenzo, Paloma Núñez Pertejo (USC), Carmen Pena Díaz (UAlcalá), Ana López Sánchez (Haverford College, PA), Carlos Prado Alonso (UValencia), Iria Pastor (CSHG), Natalia Villar Conde (USC), Vera Vázquez, Eduardo Coto.
-- Positive research assessments received (Spanish Ministry of Education, CNEAI): 6 (1977-2012).
-- Received the 1996 Award for Research in the Humanities from the Regional Government of Galicia.
-- September 2005-September 2013: Editor-in-Chief of Folia Linguistica, the peer-reviewed journal of the Societas Linguistica Europaea published by Mouton de Gruyter.