Universidade de Vigo
Universitat de les Illes Balears

Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras

Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras
PhD lecturer University of Valencia  |  ViEW Member



Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras obtained an MA in English Language and Literature from the University of Santiago de Compostela in June 2006. In September 2008 she joined the Department of English and German at Santiago de Compostela on a four-year FPU grant from the Spanish Ministry for Education and Science; she completed her PhD in English Linguistics, under the supervision of María José López-Couso, in January 2015.

Paula has carried out research at the Department of English of the University of Helsinki (September 2007-May 2008), at the Department of Linguistics and English Language of the University of Manchester (September-November 2009), at the Department of English of the University of Freiburg (September-December 2010), and at the British Library (July 2011), on an ESSE bursary. In November 2009 she received one of the annual awards granted to junior investigators by AEDEAN, the Spanish Association for Anglo-American Studies.

From August 2013 to May 2015 Paula was an assistant of Spanish at the Department of Spanish and Portuguese of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, where she also completed a two-year M.A. Degree in Spanish. On 1 May 2015 she received the Premio Gabriela Mistral, awarded by Sigma Delta Pi, the National Collegiate Hispanic Honor Society, to outstanding graduate or undergraduate students of Spanish.

Between September 2015 and January 2016, Paula held a visiting lecturer position at the Department of English, French and German of the University of Vigo. In February 2016 she joined the Department of English and German at the University of Valencia, on a position as Lecturer ('ayudante doctor') in English.

Contact Information:

Department of English and German 
University of Valencia 
Avda. Blasco Ibañez, 32
E-46010 València, SPAIN
E-mail: paula.rodriguez@uv.es
Phone: +34 963864100 ext. 95033 
Office: 072 (6th floor)



  • PhD Dissertation (English Linguistics), 20 January 2015: Exemplifying markers in English: Synchronic and diachronic considerations (European Doctorate). Supervisor: María José López-Couso. Examiners: Professors Teresa Fanego (University of Santiago de Compostela), J. Carlos Acuña-Fariña (University of Santiago de Compostela), Augusto Soares da Silva (Universidade Católica Portuguesa, Braga), Javier Pérez-Guerra (University of Vigo), Cristina Suárez-Gómez (University of the Balearic Islands).
  • MA Dissertation (Spanish), 16 April 2015:De función adverbial a marcador del discurso: Origen, gramaticalización y uso actual de en plan (de) en el español peninsular. Supervisor: Kathleen Wheatley.



(Forthcoming, 2021) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “The history of for example and for instance as markers of exemplification, selection and argumetation (1600-1999)”. Atlantis 43.1.

(2020) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “Example markers at the intersection of grammaticalization and lexicalization”. English Studies 101.

​(2020) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. "Two example markers in and beyond exemplification: Dialectal, register and pragmatic considerations in the 21st century". In Gregori-Signes, Carmen, Miguel Fuster and José Santaemilia (eds.). Multiperspectives in Analysis and Corpus Design. Granada: Comares, 33-45. ISBN: 978-84-1369-009-4.

(2019) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. When Apposition Meets Exemplification: A Semantic and Syntactic Description of Two Related Categories. Palma (Illes Balears): Edicions UIB. Pp. 1-152. ISBN 978-84-8384-420-5.

(2019) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “On exemplifying markers in present-day British and American English: Formal and functional implications”Brno Studies in English 45(2): 155-173.

(2017) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “Exemplification then and now: A historical overview of English exemplifying markers”. Miscelanea. A Journal of English and American Studies 55: 87-107.

(2012). Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “Exemplifying constructions with for example and for instance as markers: A historical account”. In Corpus Linguistics and Variation in English: Theory and Description, ed. by Joybrato Mukherjee & Magnus Huber. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 155-163.

(2012). Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “From full verbal forms to markers of exemplification: Including and included as a case of grammaticalisation?”. In New Trends and Methodologies in Applied English Language Research II: Studies in Variation, Meaning and Learning, ed. by David Tizón-Couto, Beatriz Tizón-Couto, Iria Pastor-Gómez & Paula Rodríguez-Puente. (Linguistic Insights Series). Bern, etc.: Peter Lang, 125-141.

(2011). Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “Apposition vs. exemplification with including and included as markers: Same or different categories?” In Current Trends in Anglophone Studies: Cultural, Linguistic and Literary Research, ed. by F.Javier Ruano García, María Jesús Fernández Gil, Miriam Borham Puyal, María José Díez García, Santiago Bautista Martín, Pedro Álvarez Mosquera & Blanca García Riaza. (Colección Aquilafuente 172). Salamanca: Ediciones Universidad de Salamanca, pp. 121-130. ISBN: 978-84-7800-157-6.

(2010). Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. Including and included as markers of exemplification: A diachronic study”. In Proceedings of the 33rd AEDEAN International Conference, ed. by Rafael Galán Moya et al. Cádiz: Servicio de Publicaciones de la Universidad de Cádiz, pp. 267-278.

(2010). Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “For example and for instance as markers of exemplification in Present-day English: A corpus-based study”. In Language Windowing through Corpora, ed. by Isabel Moskowich-Spiegel et al. A Coruña: Servizo de Publicacións da Universidade de A Coruña, pp. 747-758.


(In press, 2020) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “Outlining a grammaticalization path for the Spanish formula en plan (de): A contribution to cross-linguistic pragmatics”. Linguistics.

(2020). Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “‘Me vais a permitir que me ponga en plan profesor’: Las funciones de en plan (de) en un estudio de corpus”. Revista Española de Lingüística Aplicada/Spanish Journal of Applied Linguistics (RESLA) 33(1): 278–301.

(2020) Romero-Barranco, Jesús & Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras. “Coordination and subordination in Middle English scientific prose: Textual variation in focus”. In  Of ye olde English langage and texts: New perspectives on Old and Middle English language and literature, ed. by Rodrigo Pérez-Lorido, Carlos Prado-Alonso & Paula Rodríguez-Puente. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature 57). Berlin, Bern, Bruxelles, New York, Oxford, Warszawa & Wien: Peter Lang.

(2019) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula & Jesús Romero-Barranco. “From scribe to YouTuber: A proposal to teach the History of the English Language in the digital era”. In HEAd’19 Proceedings, ed. by Josep Domenech, Paloma Merello, Elena de la Poza, Desamparados Blazquez & Raúl Peña-Ortiz. València:  Editorial Universitat Politècnica de València, 811-818.

(2019) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “Los marcadores epistémicos en diacronía: Igual lo mismo en un estudio de corpus”Tonos Digital 36.

 (2014) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. “Enfermedad, identidad y simbolismo en Salón de belleza, de Mario Bellatin”Letras 85(122): 237-246.

(2013) Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. Review of Manfred Markus, Yoko Iyeiri, Reinhard Heuberger & Emil Chamson, eds. Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics. A Multi-Dimensional Approach (Studies in Corpus Linguistics 50; Amsterdam: John Benjamins, 2012). ICAME Journal 37: 229-235.



Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. A universal pathway in the grammaticalization of discourse markers? Zooming in on Spanish en plan (de) and English like and kind of/kinda52th Annual Meeting of the Societas Linguistica Europaea SLE 2019). Leipzig University, Germany, 21–24 August 2019.

Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula & Jesús Romero-Barranco. “From scribe to YouTuber: A proposal to teach the History of the English Language in the digital era”. 5th International Conference on Higher Education Advances (HEAd’19), Universitat Politècnica de València, 25-28 June 2019.

Romero-Barranco, Jesús & Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras. "Coordination and subordination as markers of linguistic complexity in Early Modern English Scientific Prose (1500-1700)". XI International Conference on Corpus Linguistics: Corpus Approaches to Discourse Analysis (CILC2019). València, 15-17 May 2019.

Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula & Jesús Romero-Barranco. "Nuevas herramientas de aprendizaje para la enseñanza de la historia de la lengua inglesa". One-Day Seminar lnnovation Rooms. València, 27 Frebruary 2019.

Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula. "Sex crimes and the media: Naming practices across time and cultures". One-Day Seminar on Gender and Translation. (Gender & Translation in Transcultural Dialogues: A Round Trip from West to East). València, 24 January 2019.

Rodríguez-Abruñeiras, Paula & Sergio Maruenda-Bataller. “A diachronic characterization of the Spanish word crimen (‘murder’) in a corpus of gender violence news reports”. X International Conference on Corpus Linguistics (CILC2018). Cáceres, 9-11 May 2018. 

Maruenda-Bataller, Sergio & Paula Rodríguez-Abruñeiras. “New values and word meaning: A corpus-based approach to the evolution of negativity in intimate partner violence in digital written media in Spanish”. 8th International Symposium on Intercultural, Cognitive and Social Pragmatics (EPICS VIII). Sevilla, 2-4 May 2018.