Nuria Calvo Cortés

Profesora Asociada



Dr. Nuria Calvo Cortés

Associate Lecturer

Department of English Studies: Linguistics and Literature

Facultad de Filología, edificio A

Plaza Menéndez Pelayo s/n

28040 Madrid


Office: 326

Tfn: 91 3945392



Dr. Nuria Calvo Cortés has worked as an Associate Lecturer at Universidad Complutense in Madrid (UCM) since 2006. She defended her Doctoral Thesis in English Historical linguistics, more specifically on historical cognitive semantics and syntax in the Late Modern English period, in 2012. Since she started her research, she has always shown an interest in historical and diachronic linguistics, making use of different corpora to carry out a variety of studies from a cognitive linguistics perspective. In the last few years she has concentrated on the analysis of letters written in the 18th and 19th century in Britain by some marginal groups of society, including women and prisoners. In addition, she is also studying specific grammatical features in the writings of women authors from the 18th and 19th century, such as Jane Austen or Maria Edgeworth.

In relation to her work in the Department of English Studies: Linguistics and Literature at UCM, she has developed different curricula for a selection of compulsory subjects in the Degree of English Studies, such as Lengua Inglesa B2.2, Lengua Inglesa B2. 3 and El inglés a través de los medios de comunicación (C2). She also co-coordinates the compulsory subjects Lengua Inglesa C1.1 and C1.2, which immediate follow B2.3. As a teacher she has been very positively evaluated by her students in the programme DOCENTIA.

She has supervised a good number of undergraduate students with their Trabajo Fin de Grado TFGs on English historical linguistics and at the moment she is supervising two doctoral students who aim at completing their doctoral thesis in the present academic year and a doctoral student who has just started his PhD studies. She particularly welcomes students who are interested in any aspect of the English language in the 18th and 19th century both in Britain and in any other part of the world where English is spoken, although she is also willing to supervise other doctoral and masters students who are interested in any other related linguistic topics.

Finally, she was also part of the organising committee of UPCEL II, a conference that took place in September 2017 at UCM, and it was aimed at Masters and PhD students.



  • February 2012 - PhD in English Linguistics (cum laude), Universidad Complutense Madrid. Thesis title: Evolución de las nociones de dirección y meta: semántica y sintaxis en Inglés Moderno (ss. xv-xix) (Evolution of the notions of direction and goal: semantics and syntax in Modern English (15th to 19th Century)
  • June 1996 - BA of Honours English Philology, Universidad Complutense Madrid


Research groups:

Member of the Research Group: Lingüistica Cognitiva: Estudios Socioculturales y Contrastivos: 


Funded Research Projects:

  •  ‘Discursos Emergentes y Periféricos: Una Aproximación Crítica y Socio-Cognitiva’

IP: Manuela Romano e Isabel Belmonte. Ministerio de Economía y Competitividad. Duration: January 2017- December 2019. FFI2016-77540-P. 2016-2019

  •  ‘Reconstrucción lingüístico-cognitiva de un modelo cultural: la evolución de la "edad normativa" en la sociedad británica, según los datos proporcionados por el Oxford Dictionary of National Biography’.

IP: Paloma Tejada Caller. Santander-Universidad Complutense. PR26/16-20300. Duration: 1 year (2017). This project has been extended until September 2018.


Recent Publications (articles and reviews):

  • Calvo Cortés, Nuria. (in press). “Conservatism or the influence of the semantics of motion situation in the choice of perfect auxiliaries in Jane Austen’s letters and novels”, Proceedings of the 19th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics. Amsterdam: John Benjamins Publishing.
  • Calvo Cortés, Nuria. 2017. Review of “John Brinsley, Ludus Literarius, La Grammar School o La Escuela”. Complutense Journal of English Studies, vol. 24, pp. 169-172. ISSN 2386-3935.
  • Calvo Cortés, Nuria. 2015. Review of “In Search of Jane Austen: The Language of the Letters”, Atlantis, vol. 37.2: 255-258. ISSN 0210-6124
  • Calvo Cortés, Nuria. 2014. “A Corpus-based study of gradual meaning change in Late Modern English”, in Diachrony and Synchrony in English Corpus Linguistics, Alejandro Alcaraz Sintes & Salvador Valera Hernández (eds.). Peter Lang: Bern. p. 25-54. ISBN: 978-3-0343-1326-1
  • Calvo Cortés, Nuria. 2013. Review of ‘Astronomy playne and simple. The Writing of Science between 1700 and 1900’. Atlantis, vol. 35.1: 207-211. ISSN 0210-6124


Recent Conference Presentations:

  • October 2017 - Linguistic Approaches to Dialects in English Literature (LADEL), Salamanca University, Spain. “Maria Edgeworth’s gone”: Possible Reasons for her Choice of Auxiliary Verb in Perfect Tenses"
  • August 2017 – LMEC 6 Late Modern English Conference 6, Uppsala University, Sweden. “Women Writers at the End of the Long 18th Century: The Semantics of Motion in Their Choice of Perfect Auxiliaries”
  • June 2017 – ICLAVE 9 International Conference on Language Variation in Europe, Malaga University. “The same need conveyed in different ways: variation in early 19th century English women’s petitions”
  • August 2016 – 19 ICEHL, International Conference on English Historical Linguistics, Essen University, Germany. “Was Jane Austen conservative or did she follow the semantics of motion situations in perfect tenses?”
  • June 2016 – Sociolinguistics Symposium 21, Universidad de Murcia, Spain. “Honͩ Sir & Your Ms Obed Hble Serv” Opening and Closing Salutations in Late Modern English Letters Written in Despair”
  • July 2015 – 13th International Cognitive Linguistics Conference, University of Northumbria, UK. “On the thwart to get athwart: on the origin and meaning change of athwart in motion situations”
  • March 2015 – VII International Conference on Corpus Linguistics, AELINCO (Asociación Española de Lingüística de Corpus), Universidad de Valladolid, Spain. “Is he gone or has he gone? On the usage of ‘gone’ in Jane Austen’s novels and letters”
  • August 2013 – LmodE-5, 5th International Conference on Late Modern English, University of Bergamo, Italy. “The struggle to survive: on the behaviour of the nominal progressive in Late Modern English”
  • July 2012 – RaAM9: Researching and applying metaphor, University of Lancaster, UK. “The motivations for metaphorical extensions of some maritime terms in Late Modern English”