Lise Fontaine

On 25 February Dr Lise Fontaine conducted an eight hour seminar on Systemic Functional Linguistics. This seminar was prepared in collaboration with Margaret Berry. The seminar approached the notions of choice, metafunction and meaning.

On 3 December, Cristina Suárez-Gómez (University of the Balearic Islands) gave a talk at the Faculty of Philology and Translation entitled “Structural creativity in multilingual countries”. In her presentation she examined structural creativity in World Englishes, i.e. varieties of English which have emerged in multilingual countries. Basing the analysis on data from the International Corpus of English (, she explored relative clauses in the spoken language of the Englishes spoken in Hong-Kong, India and Singapore.

Maria Frias

The seminar “Sara Baartman’s [Black]Deviant Body in [Transcultural] Transit: Abdellatif Kechiche's Venus Noire/Black Venus (2011)” was delivered by Dr. María Frías Rudolphi (U.

Judith Woodsworth

Judith Woodsworth’s talk, “Translators and the Making of History: Gertrude Stein’s Paradoxical Relationship to France, delivered on 1 December 2015 at the Faculty of Philology and Translation,  focused on the American avant-garde writer and supporter of modern art Gertrude Stein, for whom the act of translation was inextricably linked to her paradoxical relationship to France and the French language. Woodsworth discussed  Stein’s alleged translation of Flaubert; her problematic translation of and eventual dispute with a surrealist poet and her aborted translation of the speeches of Vichy leader Maréchal Pétain.

Amaya Mendikoetxea

Amaya Mendikoetxea Pelayo's talk “‘It exist(s) many problems’: exploring word order in L2 English”, delivered on 17 Nov 2015 at the Faculty of Philology and Translation in Vigo, focused on the production of postverbal subjects in L2 English by L1 speakers of languages characterised as allowing ‘free inversion’ of the subject in V(erb) S(ubject) structures, such as Spanish and Italian.


LVTC is organising two international conferences, which will take place in 2016 and 2017: the 28th International Conference of the Spanish Society for Medieval English Language and Literature (SELIM), on 17-19 September 2016, and the 7th International Conference on the Linguistics of Contemporary English (BICLCE2017), on 28-30 September 2017.