36th ELC Research Seminar (online).


Date and time: Monday 4 April 2022, 5:00 – 6:30 pm (CET), via Microsoft Teams

Speaker: Dr. Mario Serrano-Losada (Complutense University of Madrid)

Title of talk: “Meaning in the making: the expression of surprise in the history of English”


Registration is free but required. The registration form can be found at:




Upon registration, a link will be sent to registered attendees the day before the seminar. Certificates will be issued.

ELC seminars are intended for members of staff and MA and PhD students at Departments of English and, more generally, for anyone interested in Linguistics.


Brief profile:

Mario Serrano-Losada is an Assistant Lecturer at the Department of English Studies at the Complutense University of Madrid (UCM). A graduate in Spanish Philology (2010, University of Salamanca) and English Philology (2012, University of Salamanca), he holds an MA in Linguistics from the University of Barcelona (2011) and a PhD from the University of Santiago de Compostela (USC, 2018), which he completed on funding from a FPU grant (2013-2017).  

Before joining UCM, Mario Serrano-Losada held a teaching position at the University of Cantabria (2018) and a postdoc position at the University of Santiago de Compostela (grant ED481B 2018/041, Regional Government of Galicia), which enabled him to carry out research as a visiting scholar at the University of Edinburgh (2018-2019).

His main field of research is language variation and change, which he approaches from the standpoint of cognitive and usage-based linguistics. Amongst other things, he has been particularly interested in the study of the emergence and development of evidential and mirative constructions, both in English and Spanish.  

His work has been published in journals like English Language and Linguistics (CUP), the Review of Cognitive Linguistics (Benjamins) or the Journal of Historical Linguistics (Benjamins), and he is Section Editor for Historical Linguistics and Pragmatics of the peer-reviewed journal Open Linguistics (De Gruyter).