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Mario Serrano-Losada graduated from the University of Salamanca in 2010 with a BA in Spanish, and again in 2012 with a BA in English. He also received an MA in Lexis and Communication from the University of Barcelona in 2011, and carried out research at the same university (Department of Hispanic Philology) the following year, on a postgraduate grant. In 2013 he moved to the University of Santiago de Compostela to prepare a PhD under the supervision of Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya. In December 2013 he was awarded a three-year I2C postgraduate grant (ref. PRE/2013/206) from the Directorate General for University Policy of the Regional Government of Galicia, and in June 2014 he obtained a four-year FPU grant (ref. FPU13/02618; 20/12/2013-19/12/2017) from the Spanish Ministry of Education. From April to October 2018 he worked as substitute lecturer in English at the University of Cantabria, and then as a postdoctoral fellow at Santiago, on a competitive grant (ref. ED481B 2018/041; €42,000 per annum) funded by the Regional Government of Galicia. In September 2019 he moved to the Complutense University of Madrid on a tenure-track position as Lecturer ('Ayudante Doctor').

As an ERASMUS exchange student (2007-2008) Mario studied at Trinity College Dublin. During his period as postgrad he carried out research at the Department of Linguistics of KU Leuven (September-December 2015), under funding from MECD grant EST14/00486, and at the Department of English of the University of Amsterdam (September-December 2016; MECD grant EST15/00155). Between October 2018 and September 2019 Mario was a visiting researcher at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Edinburgh, on funding from the Regional Government of Galicia (grant ED481B 2018/041).

Mario serves on the Editorial Board of the online Bibliography of Metaphor and Metonymy (John Benjamins Publishing Company), and is Section Editor for Historical Linguistics and Pragmatics of the peer-reviewed journal  Open Linguistics (De Gruyter Open). Since 2015 he has been on the Executive Board of AJIHLE, the Association of Young Researchers in Historiography and History of the Spanish Language, and is Associate Editor (‘Director Adjunto’)  of  its online journal Res Diachronicae.

In November 2018 Mario obtained the Catalina Montes Award to the best linguistics paper presented by a postgraduate student at the 42nd AEDEAN International Conference (University of Córdoba, 7-9 November). He has also received funding (ref. 2019/3612; €1.575) from the Vicerrectorate for Research and Innovation to support open access publishing of one his journal articles.

Contact information:

Departamento de Estudios Ingleses: Lingüística y Literatura
Facultad de Filología
Universidad Complutense de Madrid
Avda. Complutense s/n
28040 Madrid

MA Dissertation (June 2011): Grammaticalization, subjectification and semantic change of Spanish resultar + INF. Supervisor: Mar Garachana-Camarero (University of Barcelona).

PhD Dissertation (22 June 2018): Evidential and mirative expressions in English and Spanish: grammaticalization and discourse functions (International Doctorate; Cum laude). Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Belén Méndez-Naya. Examiners: Professors Kristin Davidse (KU Leuven), Juana Marín Arrese (Complutense University of Madrid), María José López-Couso (USC). Click here to view a picture and here for a press release.

H-index & Publications:

(2020). Analogization at work: Evidential and mirative as-parentheticals with raising verbs in Late Modern English. In Advances in English and American Studies: Current developments, future trends", ed. by Pilar Guerrero-Medina, Macarena Palma Gutiérrez & María Valero Redondo. Córdoba: UCOPress / Editorial Universidad de Córdoba, pp. 163-173. 

(2020). Analogy-driven change: The emergence and development of mirative end up constructions in American EnglishEnglish Language and Linguistics 24(1): 97-121. [Article available in open access.]

(2017). Raising turn out in Late Modern English: The rise of a mirative predicate. Review of Cognitive Linguistics 15(2): 411-437. Special issue on The linguistic expression of mirativity, ed. by Agnès Celle & Anastasios Tsangalidis.

(2017). On English 'turn out' and Spanish 'resultar' mirative constructions. A case of ongoing grammaticalization?. Journal of Historical Linguistics 7(1/2): 160-189. Special issue on The rise and development of evidential and epistemic markers, ed. by Silvio Cruschina & Eva-Maria Remberger.

(2017). The rise and development of parenthetical needless to say: An assumed evidential strategy. Journal of Historical Linguistics 7(1/2): 134-159. Special issue on The rise and development of evidential and epistemic markers, ed. by Silvio Cruschina & Eva-Maria Remberger. [Second author, with Zeltia Blanco-Suárez.]

(2015). Multimodal metaphorical and metonymic renderings of pain in advertising: A case study. RAEL. Revista Electrónica de Lingüística Aplicada 14(1): 35-51.

(2015). Element-final like in Irish English: Notes on its pervasiveness, incidence and distribution. In Englishes Today: Multiple varieties, multiple perspectives, ed. by Cristina Suárez-Gómez & Elena Seoane. Newcastle Upon Tyne: Cambridge Scholars Publishing, pp. 9-31. ISBN-10: 1-4438-8386-7. (Volume reviewed by Ana Lucia Borges Simoes Fonseca, Linguist List, issue 28.99, Jan 06 2017).

(2015). De pullas y puyas. In Actas del IX Congreso Internacional de Historia de la Lengua Española (Cádiz, 10-14 septiembre 2012), Vol. 2. General editor: José María García Martín. Madrid & Frankfurt: Iberoamericana / Vervuert, pp. 1655-1670. ISBN: 978-84-8489-898-6.

(2015). Pragmática. (Colección Unidadesdidácticas; Servizo de Normalización Lingüística). Santiago de Compostela: Servicio de Publicacións e Intercambio Científico. ISBN 978-84-16533-39-8. [First author, with Teresa Fanego.]

(2014). Review of Bettina Migge & Máire Ní Chiosáin, eds. New perspectives on Irish English (Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012). Language in Society 43(4): 480-481.

(2013). Review of Manuel Díaz-Campos, ed. The handbook of Hispanic sociolinguistics (Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell, 2011). Language in Society 42(2): 232-233.

Conference presentations (since 2013):

8-12 June 2020: ICEHL-21, University of Leiden (The Netherlands): "Competing forms, or the downfall of a mirative verb"

5-6 September 2019: 9th International Conference of Hispanic Linguistics - Transnational Perspectives on the Study of Spanish in Society (SIS 2019), University of Edinburgh (UK): "Encoding mirativity: the emergence of acabar + gerund in the history of Spanish".

1-3 July 2019: Biennial Conference on the Diachrony of English - CBDA-6, Université de Picardie Jules Verne, Amiens (France): "The paradigmatization of evidential and mirative raising predicates in English".

7-9 November 2018: 42nd AEDEAN Conference, University of Córdoba: "Evidential and mirative as-parentheticals with raising verbs in the recent history of English".

24-25 May 2018: International Conference "Modelling the linguistic architecture of English: Theories and methods", University of Vigo: "Analogy-driven change: The emergence and development of mirative end up constructions in Present-day English”.

9-11 May 2018: 10th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC10), University of Extremadura (Cáceres): "The rise and development of mirative end up in American English".

10-13 September 2017: 50th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, University of Zurich:

  • "A paradigm in the making: On the emergence of mirative verbs and the role of analogy"
  • “Assumed evidential expressions with verba dicendi: Evidence from English and French” [second author, with Zeltia Blanco-Suárez]

24-28 May 2017: ICAME 38 (Annual Conference of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English), Charles University in Prague: "Needless to say and goes without saying: Diachronic and synchronic considerations" [second author, with Zeltia Blanco-Suárez].

4-5 April 2017: Santiago-Leuven-Edinburgh Seminar on Grammatical Variation and Change in English, KU Leuven: The emergence of mirative end up and the role of analogy”.

18-21 September 2016: 4th Conference of the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE4), Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań (Poland): "Ends up, I'm not a very good writer: On the grammaticalization of mirative parenthetical ends up in American English".

20-22 June 2016: IV Congreso Internacional de Lingüística y Literatura, University of Cantabria: "Sobre la gramaticalización de la miratividad y la evidencialidad en español y en inglés: las construcciones resulta que y (it) turns out (that)".

2-5 September 2015: 48th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea, Leiden University Centre for Linguistics (The Netherlands): "Needless to say and evidential expressions in English and Spanish: a diachronic corpus-based study" [second author, with Zeltia Blanco-Suárez].

27-31 July 2015: 22nd International Conference on Historical Linguistics (ICHL22), University of Naples Federico II (Italy):

  • "A diachronic inquiry into English turn out and Spanish resultar mirative constructions: A case of ongoing grammaticalization?"
  • "A cross-linguistic study of evidential parentheticals in English, French and Spanish: Needless to say and related expressions" [first author, with Zeltia Blanco-Suárez]

8-10 April 2015: XV Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Jóvenes Investigadores de Historiografía e Historia de la Lengua Española (XV CIAJIHLE), Universitat Pompeu Fabra (Barcelona): "Algunos apuntes sobre 'resulta que': ¿Un proceso de gramaticalización en marcha?"

6-8 October 2014: International Conference on Evidentiality and Modality in European Languages 2014 (EMEL’14), Universidad Complutense de Madrid: "Raising turn out in late Modern English: The rise of a mirative construction".

22-24 May 2014: 6th International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC2014), University of Las Palmas de Gran Canaria: "Learned syntax and grammaticalization: Evidence from Spanish".

29-31 January 2014: II Encontro da Mocidade Investigadora EDI-USC, University of Santiago de Compostela: "Construccionalización y gramaticalización de <resultar + infinitivo> en español" [poster presentation].

18-19 October 2013: Englishes Today 2013. Theoretical and Methodological Issues, University of Vigo: "Element-final like in Hiberno-English: Notes on its pervasiveness, frequency and distribution".

18-20 July 2013: III International Conference on Meaning Construction, Meaning Interpretation: Applications and Implications (CRAL 2013), University of La Rioja: "Pictorial metaphor and metonymy at work: The case of painkiller advertising".

10-12 April 2013: XIII Congreso Internacional de la Asociación de Jóvenes Investigadores de Historiografía e Historia de la Lengua Española (AJIHLE), University of Salamanca: "Gramaticalización y tradiciones discursivas: el caso de la construcción evidencial <resultar + INF>".

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