Plenary speakers

Title of the lecture: “English Literature and English Grammar”



Geoffrey K. Pullum is a professor in Linguistics and English Language at the University of Edinburgh. He formerly taught at the University of California, Santa Cruz, and served as Gerard Visiting Professor at Brown University in 2012-2013. He co-authored (with Rodney Huddleston) The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language (2002), which won the Leonard Bloomfield Book Award from the Linguistic Society of America in 2004, and the successful textbook A Student’s Introduction to English Grammar (2005). He has published about 240 articles and books on many topics in linguistics, but is perhaps best known for his entertaining essays on linguistics (The Great Eskimo Vocabulary Hoax and Other Irreverent Essays on the Study of Language, 1991), his posts on Language Log and Lingua Franca, and his popular lectures on the grammar of modern English.



Title of the lecture: “Corpus-based contrast and translation: Applications”

Rosa-miniaturaROSA RABADÁN

Rosa Rabadán is a Professor of English (Applied Linguistics and Translation Studies) at the Department of Modern Languages at the University of León in Spain. Leader of the ACTRES research group ( Her areas of interest include Translation Studies, linguistic applications to translation and corpus-based contrastive grammar English-Spanish. Her publications have appeared in Languages in Contrast, Meta, Babel and TTR, among others, and she has contributed to a number of scholarly volumes in her areas of expertise. She has been a Visiting Researcher at the universities of Ottawa, Canada, and, Brighton, U.K., and serves as an advisory board member for a series of academic book series and journals including Benjamins Translation Library.



Title of the lecture: “Renovating Western American Literature from an Urban Perspective: Contemporary Reno Writing”




David Río is Professor of American Literature at the University of the Basque Country in Vitoria-Gasteiz (Spain), where he has been teaching for the last 25 years. His research interests are located within the field of American Studies, with an emphasis on diaspora studies, regional literatures, and especially Western American writing and Basque-American literature. He is the author of El proceso de la violencia en la narrativa de Robert Penn Warren (1995), Robert Laxalt: The Voice of the Basques in American Literature (2007) and New Literary Portraits of the American West: Contemporary Nevada Fiction (2014). He has co-edited Aztlán: Ensayos sobre literatura chicana (2001), American Mirrors: (Self) Reflections and (Self) Distortions (2005) and four volumes on western American literature: Exploring the American Lit­erary West (2006), Beyond the Myth (2011), The Neglected West (2012) and A Contested West (2013). David Rio has also published articles on contemporary western American litera­ture, southern literature, and Basque-American authors in journals such as Western American Literature, Studies in the Literary Imagination, American Studies International, and The International Fiction Review. He is also the general editor of Portal Education series on the American Literary West. David Rio has been a guest lecturer at the University of Nevada-Reno, University of California-Sta. Barbara, and Vassar College (New York), as well as several European universities.



Title of the lecture: Must We Mean What We Say?: Ordinary Language and the Teaching of Writing




David Bartholomae is Professor of English and the Charles Crow Chair of Expository Writing at the University of Pittsburgh. Bartholomae has played a central role in the development of Composition as a field of teaching and research in the U.S. since receiving his PhD from Rutgers University in the mid-1970s. He has published widely on topics related to writing, literacy, and literature; with Jean Ferguson Carr, he edits the award-winning publication series, “Composition, Literacy, and Culture” (University of Pittsburgh Press). He has served as a member of the Modern Language Association’s Executive Council, Chair of the Conference on College Composition and Community, and President of the MLA’s Associated Departments of English. In 2008, he received the MLA/ADE Francis Andrew March Award for distinguished service to the Profession and, in 2006, the CCCC Exemplar Award. His book, Writing on the Margins:  Essays on Composition and Teaching won the 2005 MLA Mina Shaughnessy Award. He was honored with the University of Pittsburgh Chancellor’s Distinguished Teaching Award in 1995, and, in 2014, he was named the Pennsylvania Professor of the Year by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. In 1982, he was a Fulbright Lecturer in American Studies at the Universidad de Deusto. With his family, he has eagerly returned to Bilbao and to Deusto for several year-long sabbatical leaves. He remains deeply loyal to the city, the university, the region, y Los Leones. Aupa Athletic!