LÓPEZ-COUSO, MARÍA JOSÉ

María José López-Couso obtained an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela in 1986 and a PhD in English Linguistics in 1994, with a dissertation, supervised by Teresa Fanego, on aspects of the syntax of John Dryden. From October 1988 to October 1997 she worked as a researcher and lecturer at the English Department of Santiago de Compostela, and in November 1997 she obtained a position as tenured Senior Lecturer. She has also carried out research and/or taught at the Universities of Edinburgh, Freiburg, Glasgow, Helsinki, Manchester, Munich, Murcia, Vigo and University College London (Survey of English Usage).

María José supervised the PhD dissertations of Nila Vázquez (2006), Pilar Castillo-González (2007), Paula Rodríguez-Puente (2013), and (jointly with Teresa Fanego) Vera Vázquez-López (2013). She is currently supervising the PhDs of Zeltia Blanco-Suárez, Cristina Blanco-García, Tania de Dios, Aleksandra Kaverina, Alba Pérez-González, Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, and (jointly with Teresa Fanego) Beatriz Mato-Míguez. She was actively involved in the organization of the 26th International Conference of the Spanish Association for English and American Studies (December 2002) and in the Third International Conference New Reflections on Grammaticalization (NRG3) (July 2005), which she co-chaired with Elena Seoane. In May 2013 she chaired the Organising Committee of the 34th International Conference of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME 34).

From 2008 to February 2012 María José was the Vicedean for Students and International Relations at the Faculty of Philology of Santiago de Compostela. On 1 March 2012 she was elected as Dean of the Faculty for a term of four years. She is also on the Executive Board of ICAME, the international organization of linguists and information scientists working with English machine-readable texts.

María José serves on the Editorial Board of ATLANTIS, the official journal of the Spanish Association for English and American Studies, and chairs the thematic panel on "Corpora and linguistic variation" at the annual conferences of AELINCO, the Spanish Association for Corpus Linguistics. She is also the Principal Investigator of the project “Constructionalization and grammaticalization in English”, currently being carried out by the VLCG team under funding from the Spanish Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness (grant FFI2011-26693-C02-01; €108.900 + 1 four-year research position).

This session María José teaches Varieties of English (undergraduate, 3rd year) and two MA courses on Research Methods in English Language and Linguistics and Corpus Linguistics. Her main research interests are grammaticalization processes in the history of English, clausal complementation in Old, Middle and Early Modern English, English existential constructions, and negative cliticization. She has given invited talks and plenary lectures in A Coruña, Freiburg, Helsinki, Jaén, Málaga, Manchester, Vigo, the School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), Edinburgh (NRG5), Murcia (ICOME8) and Leuven (ICEHL 18).

Contact information:

Department of English and German
Facultad de Filología
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN
E-mail: mjlopez.couso@usc.es
Phone: +34 981563100 ext. 11891
Office: 413, fourth floor

Publications:

(Forthcoming). "Continuing the dialogue between corpus linguistics and grammaticalization theory: Three case studies". In Corpus Linguistics and Linguistic Theory, special issue ed. by Martin Hilpert & Hubert Cuyckens.

(Forthcoming). "Evidential/epistemic markers of the type verb + complementizer: Some parallels from English and Romance". In New Directions in Grammaticalization Research, ed. by Andrew D. M. Smith, Graeme Trousdale & Richard Waltereit. (Studies in Language Companion Series). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(Forthcoming). "Corpora and online resources in English historical linguistics". In The Cambridge Handbook of English Historical Linguistics, eds. Merja Kytö & Päivi Pahta. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

(Forthcoming). "Secondary grammaticalization in clause combining: Minor declarative complementizers as a case in point". Language Sciences, special issue on The Late Stages of Grammaticalization, ed. by Svenja Kranich & Tine Breban [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(Forthcoming). "Epistemic parentheticals with seem: Late Modern English in focus". In The syntax of Late Modern English, ed. by Marianne Hundt. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2014). "There follows + that-clause: A case of syntactic blend?" In 'Ye whom the charms of grammar please' Studies in English Language History in Honour of Leiv Egil Breivik, ed. by Kari E. Haugland, Kevin McCafferty & Kristian A. Rusten. (Studies in Historical Linguistics 4). Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 55-74 [first author, with Susana Formoso-Rodriguez].

(2014). "From clause to pragmatic marker: A study of the development of like-parentheticals in American English". Journal of Historical Pragmatics 15.1: 66-91 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2014). "On the origin of clausal parenthetical constructions: Evidential/epistemic parentheticals with seem and impersonal think". In Diachronic corpus pragmatics, ed. by Irma Taavitsainen, Andreas H. Jucker & Jukka Tuominen. (Pragmatics & Beyond New Series 243), Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp.189-212 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2014). "The use of if as a declarative complementizer in English: Some theoretical and empirical considerations". In Diachrony and synchrony in English corpus linguistics, ed. by Alejandro Alcaraz-Sintes & Salvador Valera-Hernández (Linguistic Insights Series 181). Bern: Peter Lang, pp. 85-107 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2013). "A tribute to Dieter Kastovsky (1940-2012)". Nexus AEDEAN 2013.1: 128-134 [second author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2012). Review of Raymond Hickey, ed. Eighteenth-century English: Ideology and change (CUP, 2010). English Language and Linguistics 16.3: 535-549.

(2012). "Compiling British English legal texts: A contribution to ARCHER”. In Creation and use of historical English corpora in Spain, ed. by Nila Vázquez. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 5-19 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2012). “On the origin and development of comparative complementizers in English: Evidence from historical corpora”. In Creation and use of historical English corpora in Spain, ed. by Nila Vázquez. Newcastle upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 311-333 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2012). "On the use of as if, as though and like in Present-Day English complementation structures". Journal of English Linguistics 40.2: 172-195 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2012), ed. Information structure and syntactic change in the history of English. (Oxford Studies in the History of English 1). Oxford: Oxford University Press [second editor, with Anneli Meurman-Solin & Bettelou Los ]. ISBN13: 9780199860210; 368 pp.

(2012). "On the interplay of syntax and information structure: Synchronic and diachronic considerations". In Information structure and syntactic change in the history of English, ed. by Anneli Meurman-Solin, María José López-Couso & Bettelou Los. Oxford: Oxford University Press, pp. 3-18 [second author, with Bettelou Los & Anneli Meurman-Solin].

(2012). “Late Modern English syntax”. In Historical Linguistics of English: An international handbook. Volume I, ed. by Alexander Bergs & Laurel J. Brinton. (Handbooks of Linguistics and Communication Science [HSK] 34.1). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 869-887 [second author, with Bas Aarts & Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2011). “Developmental parallels in diachronic and ontogenetic grammaticalization: Existential there as a test case”. Folia Linguistica 45/1: 81-102.

(2010). “Subjectification and intersubjectification”. In Historical pragmatics, ed. by Andreas H. Jucker & Irma Taavitsainen. (Handbooks of Pragmatics, Vol. 8). Berlin: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 127-163.

(2010). "El proyecto 'Variación, cambio lingüístico y gramaticalización': objetivos y líneas metodológicas". In Actas del XXXIX Simposio Internacional de la Sociedad Española de Lingüística (SEL), 1-4 Febrero, 2010 , ed. by Pablo Cano López, Soraya Cortiñas Ansoar, Beatriz Dieste Quiroga, Isabel Fernández López & Luz Zas Varela. Santiago de Compostela: Servizo de Publicacións da Universidade de Santiago de Compostela [second author, with Teresa Fanego, Belén Méndez-Naya, Paloma Núñez-Pertejo, Elena Seoane & Carlos Prado-Alonso; CD-Rom, 15 pp].

(2009). Review of Regine Eckardt's Meaning change in grammaticalization: An enquiry into semantic reanalysis (OUP 2006). Journal of Historical Pragmatics 10/1: 159-165.

(2008), ed. Rethinking grammaticalization: New perspectives. (Typological Studies in Language 76). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins [first editor, with Elena Seoane]. Reviewed in the Linguist List, issue 20.2282 (2009); Studies in Language 34.1 (2010): 195-204; Folia Linguistica 44.2 (2010): 555-568; eLanguage, issue December 2010.

(2008), ed. Theoretical and empirical issues in grammaticalization. (Typological Studies in Language 77). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins [second editor, with Elena Seoane]. Reviewed in the Linguist List, issue 20.2282 (2009); Folia Linguistica 44.2 (2010): 555-568; Studies in Language 35.1 (2011): 228-237.

(2008). "Introduction: New perspectives on grammaticalization." In María José López-Couso & Elena Seoane, eds. Rethinking grammaticalization: New perspectives. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 1-13. [Second author, with Elena Seoane].

(2008). "Introduction: Further reflections on grammaticalization." In Elena Seoane & María José López-Couso, eds. Theoretical and empirical issues in grammaticalization. (Typological Studies in Language). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 1-14. [First author, with Elena Seoane].

(2007). “Adverbial connectives within and beyond adverbial subordination: The history of lest”. In Connectives in the history of English, ed. by Ursula Lenker & Anneli Meurman-Solin. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 283). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 11-29.

(2007). "Frequency effects: Middle English nis as a case in point". In Studies in Middle English forms and meanings, ed. by Gabriella Mazzon. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature 19). Frankfurt am Main, etc.: Peter Lang, pp. 165-178.

(2007). “Auxiliary and negative cliticisation in Late Modern English”. In 'Of varying language and opposing creed': New insights into Late Modern English, ed. by Javier Pérez-Guerra et al. (Linguistic Insights 28). Bern, etc.: Peter Lang, pp. 301-323.

(2006).  "Complement selection in Early English dependent desires". Estudios Ingleses de la Universidad Complutense 14: 33-53 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(2006). “On negative existentials in Early English”. In: 'These things write I vnto thee': Essays in honour of Bjorg Baekken, ed. by Leiv Egil Breivik, Sandra Halverson & Kari Haugland. Oslo: Novus Press, pp. 175-187.

(2004). “Los estudios de gramaticalización: pasado, presente y futuro” ['Grammaticalization studies: past, present and future']. In Proceedings of the 27th International AEDEAN Conference, ed. by Antonio R. Celada, Daniel Pastor García & Pedro Javier Pardo García. Salamanca: Universidad de Salamanca [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya, Paloma Núñez-Pertejo & Elena Seoane]. [CD-Rom]

(2003), ed. Fifty years of English studies in Spain (1952-2002). A commemorative volume.  Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela [Second editor, with Ignacio Palacios, Patricia Fra & Elena Seoane].

(2003). "Foreword". In Fifty years of English studies in Spain (1952-2002). A commemorative volume.  Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, pp. 15-19 [second author, with Ignacio Palacios, Patricia Fra & Elena Seoane].

(2003). Review of David Crystal’s Language death. Anglia – Zeitschrift für Englische Philologie 121/3: 451-455.

(2002), ed. English historical syntax and morphology. (Current Issues in Linguistic Theory 223). Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins [third editor, with Teresa Fanego & Javier Pérez-Guerra]. Reviewed in English Language and Linguistics 8/2 (2004): 355-360; Language 80/1 (2004): 172-173; Studies in Language 29/1 (2005): 207-220; The Linguist List February 6 2003 (Issue 14.380); The Year's Work in English Studies 83 (2002): 7ff.

(2001). “On the history of if- and though-links with declarative complement clauses”. English Language and Linguistics 5: 93-107 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(1998). “On minor declarative complementizers in the history of English: The case of but”. In Advances in English historical linguistics, ed. by Jacek Fisiak & Marcin Krygier. Berlin & New York: Mouton de Gruyter, pp. 161-171 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(1997). “Impersonal: Clarifying the terminological maze”. In Studies in Middle English language and literature, ed. by José Luis Chamosa & Trinidad Guzmán. León: Universidad de León, pp. 145-152 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(1997). “The history of English: Of what avail is it in the acquisition of English as a second language?” In Actas del I Congreso Internacional Adquisición y Aprendizaje de Lenguas Segundas y sus Literaturas, ed. by José Manuel Oro Cabanas & Jesús Varela Zapata. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, pp. 125-128 [first author, with Karen Joan Duncan Barlow].

(1997). “What is really meant by impersonal? On impersonal and related terms”. Atlantis. Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies 19: 185-192 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(1996). “A look at that / zero variation in Restoration English”. In English Historical Linguistics 1994, ed by  Derek Britton. Amsterdam & Philadelphia: John Benjamins, pp. 271-286.

(1996). “On the history of methinks: From impersonal construction to fossilised expression”. Folia Linguistica Historica XVII: 153-169.

(1996). “On the use of the subjunctive and modals in Old and Middle English dependent commands and requests. Evidence from the Helsinki Corpus”. Neuphilologische Mitteilungen XCVII: 411-421 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(1996). "How to consider how: On how as a declarative complementiser in the history of English". In Proceedings of the 19th International AEDEAN Conference, Vigo, December 1995, ed. by Javier Pérez-Guerra. Vigo: Universidade de Vigo, pp. 347-352 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

(1996).  “Los estudios y la enseñanza de la historia de la lengua inglesa en España” ['The history of the English language in Spanish universities: Teaching and research']. In Proceedings of the 19th International AEDEAN Conference, Vigo, December 1995, ed. by Javier Pérez-Guerra. Vigo: Universidade de Vigo, pp. 635-637 [second author, with Luis Iglesias-Rábade, Belén Méndez-Naya & Elena Seoane].

(1995). Finite complementation in the works of John Dryden: A corpus-based study. Santiago de Compostela: Servicio de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico. ISBN 8481212083.

(1994). “Extraposition vs. intraposition: The whys and the wherefores.” In Actas del XVI Congreso Internacional AEDEAN, Valladolid, 14-16 de diciembre de 1992, ed. by José M. Ruiz, Pilar Abad & José M. Barrio. Valladolid: Universidad de Valladolid, pp. 227-233.

(1994). “Some editions of The Bruce. A comparative account”. SELIM. Journal of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature 4: 48-58 [second author, with Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel Fandiño].

(1993). “The study of English subject clauses from a diachronic point of view: A preliminary  approach.” In Papers from the 4th International Conference of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature (SELIM), Santiago 24-27 September 1991, ed. by Teresa Fanego. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, pp. 193-201 [first author, with Belén Méndez-Naya].

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