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I did my first degree in English Philology at the University of Vigo (Spain). I moved to the University of Manchester in autumn 2002, where I took my MA in English Studies in the Department of English & American Studies (An Historical Approach to Preposition Stranding in Early Modern English, 2004) and completed my PhD thesis in the Department of Linguistics & English Language (Preposition Stranding and Prescriptivism in English from 1500 to 1900: A Corpus-based Approach. 2007). 

I took up the post as a Lecturer in English Language, with specialisation in the history of English, in August 2007.

In February 2012 I was awarded the Senior Research Fellowship Ramón y Cajal by the Ministerio of Economía y Competitividad of Spain to join the University of Vigo. For my activities since 2012 see further here.

Further information

Administration - Service to the Department/School
Library Co-ordinator 
Exams Officer 
Academic Liaison staff for the LLP Erasmus Programme Manchester/Vigo, with SPLAS

Research interests

  • English Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Prescriptivism and the Eighteenth-Century Grammatical Tradition
  • Historical Phonology: eighteenth-century pronouncing dictionaries
  • Corpus Linguistics
  • Language Variation and Change
  • Educational Linguistics

Other research

Projects and Research Groups

  • Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers. Co-Investigator, with David Denison (Manchester), Sophie Coulombeau (York), Hannah Barker (Manchester, PI), in collaboration with the John Rylands Research Institute and Library, Manchester. Arts and Humanities Research Council.
  • APU. 'The art of writing English': A corpus of schoolchildren's writings. Principal Investigator, with Victorina González-Díaz (University of Liverpool). 2014 - 2016.
  • ECEG (Eighteenth-Century English Grammars database). Principal Investigator. Project with María E. Rodriguez-Gil (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). 2008-2010 / 2010-2011.
  • ARCHER (A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers). Project Coordinator since 2008, with David Denison (Manchester). 2010-2012.
  • ECEP: Eighteenth-Century English Phonology database. Project lead by Prof. Joan Beal (University of Sheffield), in collaboration with Ranjan Sen (Sheffied). 2014-2016. See also here.
  • Image to Text, on Mary Hamilton Papers (c.1750 - c.1820), with David Denison (Manchester) and in collaboration with the Digitisation Strategy of the Centre of Heritage Imaging and Collection Care, The John Rylands Library, Deansgate. 2011-.
  • Paratext in 18th-century grammars of English: language and society. Project lead by Dr. Alicia Rodríguez-Álvarez (University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria). 2012-2015.
  • Language Variation and Textual Categorisation (University of Vigo, Spain), Research Associate
  • English Linguistics Circle (University of Vigo and University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain), Research Associate

Other teaching information

In previous years I have taught the following course units: History of the English Language, Middle English, Attitudes to Language, World Englishes, Fundamental Issues in the Study of Language, Study Skills, Dissertation module.

In June 2010 I received The University of Manchester Teacher of the Year award (Faculty of Humanities).

Other research

Research students

Areas of supervision in the past years include:

  • syntactic and/or morphological change in the Modern English period (mainly 1500-1900)
  • the interface between language and literature in the Early and Late Modern English periods
  • the normative grammatical tradition
  • the role of women in language variation and change
  • attitudes to (English) language
  • editing Middle English manuscripts at the John Rylands Deansgate Library (co-supervision with David Denison)

PhD students:

  • Ayumi MiuraVerbs of emotion and impersonals in Old and Middle English: A diachronic study in the syntax-semantics interface. Co-supervised with David Denison. PhD 2011. Lectureship at Kansai Gaidai University.
  • Marije van HattumA corpus study of Irish English verbal constructions from the 14th to the 20th centuries. Co-supervised with David Denison. PhD 2012. Lecturer in English Language at Liverpool Hope University.
  • Rob DrummondThe influence of local accent on the pronunciation of non-native English speakers in Manchester. [Research Panel Member; main supervisor Maciej Baranowski.] PhD in 2010. Lectureship at Manchester Metropolitan University.


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