SPERTUS is a research group officially accredited by the Regional Government of Galicia, based at the English and German Department of the University of Santiago. It is formed by senior professors and lecturers, predoctoral students as well as affiliated members from several national and international institutions, namely the University of Balearic Islands, University of Vigo, University of Alicante, University of Washington (USA) and ADA University (Azerbaijan). 
Our group conducts research in a wide variety of areas of English linguistics with an aim to account for language variation and change in Present-Day English, the study of English as a lingua franca and of the analysis of different issues concerning the teaching and learning of English and Spanish as a foreign language.
This team cooperates with other international research units from the Universities of Minho (Portugal), Toronto (Canada), Trier (Germany), Metropolitan University of Manchester (UK) and Berne (Switzerland).
Most of our work can be regarded as cross-disciplinary since it covers a wide range of topics and issues pertaining to applied linguistics, general linguistics, sociolinguistics and language teaching and acquisition.
Both undergraduate and doctoral students who want to carry out research in those areas are warmly welcome. In the last few years over 70 students have completed their Master dissertation under the supervision of members of the team and a total of 17 students have successfully defended their doctoral dissertation.


  • We are pleased to announce that our team has received funding from the Spanish Ministry of Science and Innovation for the research project "English in Social Media. Theoretical and Applied Perspectives (ENSOME)"; grant PID2021-122267NB-I00; for the period 01/09/2022-31/08/2026; funding: €75,867.00 (co-financed with ERDF funds).
  • Members of the SPERTUS research team organised the 9th Conference on Computer-Mediated Communication (CMC) and Social Media Corpora (CMC-corpora 2022) on 28 and 29 September 2022. Further information: https://www.usc.es/en/congresos/cmc2022
  • We are pleased to announce that we have received funding from the Regional Government of Galicia: Axudas do Programa de Consolidación e Estruturación de Unidades de Investigación Competitivas – GPC; research grant ED431B 2021/02; period 01/01/2021 - 30/11/2023; funding €90,000.