Pilar Castillo has an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela (2000); she also holds a Master's Degree in Applied Foreign Languages and Management (Santiago de Compostela, June 2001). In October 2001 she was admitted to the PhD Programme in English Linguistics, and in June 2007 she publicly defended her PhD thesis. Pilar is a teacher of English; between 2003 and 2007 she worked as a research assistant to the VLCG project.
MA Dissertation (September 2001): Uncontracted negatives and negative contractions in Contemporary Written English: A corpus-based study. Supervisor: María José López-Couso.
PhD Dissertation (22 June 2007): Contracted and uncontracted negatives in Contemporary English: A corpus-based study. Supervisor: María José López-Couso. Examiners: Professors Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela), Montserrat Martínez Vázquez (Universidad Pablo de Olavide, Seville), Juana Marín Arrese (Universidad Complutense de Madrid), Ignacio Palacios (University of Santiago de Compostela), Javier Pérez-Guerra (University of Vigo).
(2007). Uncontracted negatives and negative contractions in Contemporary English: A corpus-based study. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela. ISBN 9788497508759. [CD-ROM]
(2003). “Contracciones negativas frente a formas sin contraer del operador be en inglés británico y americano.” In Fifty years of English studies in Spain (1952-2002). A commemorative volume, ed. by Ignacio Palacios, María José López-Couso, Patricia Fra & Elena Seoane. Santiago de Compostela: Universidade de Santiago de Compostela, pp. 673-680.