Noelia Castro-Chao holds a BA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela (September 2014), an MA in Advanced English Studies (September 2015) and a doctorate in English Linguistics (May 2020). Her PhD research was carried out at Santiago de Compostela under funding from a four-year postgraduate grant (ref. FPU 2014/03208; 28/10/2015 - 27/10/2019) from the Spanish Ministry of Education.
Noelia has worked as Invited Lecturer (March-May 2020) and Substitute Lecturer in English (February-June 2021) at the Department of English, French and German of the University of Vigo. She now holds a competitive three-year postdoctoral contract (ref. ED481B2021-046; July 2021-June 2024) funded by the Consellería de Cultura, Educación e Universidade of the Regional Government of Galicia.
As an ERASMUS exchange student (2012-2013) Noelia studied at the University of York, UK. As a postgraduate student and postdoc she has carried out research at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Edinburgh (September-November 2018; funding: MECD grant EST17/00514, €5.010; advisor: Graeme Trousdale), at the Department of English, French and German of the University of Vigo (June-July 2020; advisor: Javier Pérez-Guerra), and at the Department of Linguistics of KU Leuven (January-June 2022; advisor: Hendrik De Smet).
In November 2016 Noelia received the ‘Catalina Montes’ Award to the best paper presented by a PhD student at the 40th AEDEAN International Conference (University of Zaragoza at Huesca, 9-11 November 2016).
Noelia has experience in the organization of research meetings, such as the VI Encontro da Mocidade Investigadora (12-13 June 2018), sponsored by the International Doctorate School at the University of Santiago de Compostela, and the 6th Prescriptivism Conference: Modelling Prescriptivism - Language, Literature, and Speech Communities (23-25 September 2021, University of Vigo).
Department of English and German
Facultad de Filología
Universidad de Santiago de Compostela
E-15782 Santiago de Compostela, SPAIN
Phone: 881811854, ext. 11840
Office: 326, third floor
MA Dissertation (September 2015):
Changes in argument structure: developments in impersonal constructions since Late Middle English. A preliminary corpus-based study. Supervisor: Teresa Fanego.
PhD Dissertation (12 May 2020): Changes in argument structure: impersonal constructions in Middle and Early Modern English, with special reference to verbs of Desire. A corpus-based study (International Doctorate; grade: Cum Laude). Supervisors: Teresa Fanego and Nuria Yáñez-Bouza (UVigo). Examiners: David Denison (University of Manchester), Belén Méndez-Naya (USC), Paula Rodríguez-Puente (University of Oviedo).
H-index & Publications:
(Forthcoming in 2022). "The emergence and loss of the English minor complementizers till and until". Journal of English Linguistics 50(4): 1-30. DOI: 10.1177/00754242221126698. Published in OA with funding (2.747 euros) granted by the Vicerrectorate for Scientific Policy of the University of Santiago de Compostela
(Forthcoming in 2022). "Long, lust and thirst: The development of impersonal verbs of Desire in Early Modern English from the perspective of Construction Grammar". In Francisco Gallardo del Puerto et al., eds. Proceedings of the 44th AEDEAN International Conference (University of Cantabria, 24-26 November 2021).
(2021). "The development of long in Early Modern English: Impersonal verbs of Desire in focus". ATLANTIS. Journal of the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies 43(1): 110-132. DOI: http://doi.org/10.28914/Atlantis-2021-43.1.07
(2021). "Constructions in competition: The development of the impersonal verb hunger and the adjectival periphrasis be hungry in Early Modern English". Studia Neophilologica 93(2), 24 pp. Published online: 12 Jan 2021; https://doi.org/10.1080/00393274.2020.1851297. [Available in OA].
(2021). Argument structure in flux: The development of impersonal constructions in Middle and Early Modern English, with special reference to verbs of Desire. (Linguistic Insights 274). Bern: Peter Lang. ISBN 978-3-0343-4189-9; 277 pp. Reviewed by Ayumi Miura, Research in Corpus Linguistics 10/1 (2022): 213-227.
(2019). "Changes in argument structure in Early Modern English with special reference to verbs of Desire: A case study of lust". Research in Corpus Linguistics 7: 129-154.
(2018). “Impersonal constructions in Early Modern English: A case study of like and please”. In María Ferrández San Miguel & Claus-Peter Neumann, eds. Taking stock to look ahead: Celebrating forty years of English Studies in Spain. Zaragoza: Prensas Universitarias de la Universidad de Zaragoza, 177-184.
(2016). "Changes in argument structure: The development of English impersonal constructions from 1350 onwards. A corpus-based study". Actas de las II Jornadas Doctorales de la Universidad de Murcia, 31 mayo-2 junio 2016. Murcia: Escuela Internacional de Doctorado. ISBN 978-84-608-9778-1. [Published online; 5 pages].
26 April 2022: "Lost in change: History and development of the English minor complementizers till and until". Invited presentation at the Research Unit FunC (Functional and Cognitive Linguistics: Grammar and Typology), KU Leuven.
24-26 November 2021: 44th AEDEAN International Conference, University of Cantabria: "Long, lust and thirst: On the development of impersonal verbs of Desire in Early Modern English"
30 August - 3 September 2021: SLE 2021 - 54th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea: "Pathways from adverbial subordination to complementation: The case of English till and until"
18-21 August 2021: ICAME 42, Technische Universität Dortmund (Germany): "Minor complementisers in the temporal domain: English till and until" (full paper)
7-11 June 2021: ICEHL-21, University of Leiden: "The development of impersonal verbs in Early Modern English: A case study of hunger"
4 June 2021: IDAES Graduate Day 2021, University of Vigo: participation in the round table Carreira pre- e posdoutoral en Estudos Ingleses. Convenor: Javier Pérez Guerra (UVigo); participants: Juan Ignacio Oliva (University of La Laguna), Vanesa Vázquez Novo (University of A Coruña), Noelia Castro-Chao (UVigo).
28-30 April 2021: XII International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC2021), University of Murcia: "The development of English verbs of Desire: A case study of thirst"
14-16 April 2021: AESLA 2021 (International Conference of the Spanish Association for Applied Linguistics). University of A Coruña: "The development of the verb thirst in the history of English: A corpus-based study"
15 December 2020: invited speaker at the 25th ELC Research Seminar, Universities of Santiago de Compostela and Vigo: “Pathways to English complement clauses: From adverbial subordination to complementation in object territory”
5 December 2020: Linguistweets. The First International Twitter Conference on Linguistics, Brazilian Linguistics Association (ABRALIN): "The demise of impersonal constructions"
6 November 2020: IDAES Graduate Day 2020, University of A Coruña: "From adverbial subordination to complementation: On minor complementisers in Early Modern English"
30 May - 3 June 2018: ICAME 39, University of Tampere (Finland): "Throwing some light on the development of impersonal constructions: A case study of lust (after)"
4 May 2018: IDAES Graduate Day 2018, University of Vigo: "The development of formerly impersonal verbs of desire in Early Modern English: A corpus-based study"
4-5 April 2017: Santiago-Leuven-Edinburgh Seminar on Grammatical Variation and Change in English, KU Leuven: “Impersonal constructions in Early Modern English: A case study of long (for)”
9-11 November 2016: 40th AEDEAN Conference, University of Zaragoza (Huesca): “Impersonal constructions in Early Modern English: A case study of like and please”
31 May - 2 June 2016: II Jornadas Doctorales de la Universidad de Murcia, University of Murcia: "The development of English impersonal constructions from 1350 onwards"
19 May 2016: IDAES Graduate Day 2016, University of Santiago de Compostela: "Changes in transitivization in the history of English: From impersonal to personal constructions"
15 May 2015: IDAES Graduate Day 2015, University of Vigo: "Changes in argument structure: Developments in impersonal constructions from Late Middle English onwards. A corpus-based study"