Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English
Volume 10

Outposts of Historical Corpus Linguistics: From the Helsinki Corpus to a Proliferation of Resources

Edited by Jukka Tyrkkö, Matti Kilpiö, Terttu Nevalainen & Matti Rissanen
Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG), University of Helsinki

Publication date: 2012

Table of contents

General Introduction

Jukka Tyrkk√∂, Matti Kilpiö, Terttu Nevalainen & Matti Rissanen

Old English and Anglo-Latin


Kilpiö, Matti

Akimoto, Minoji
Rivalry between expect and hope with particular reference to their constructional developments (see abstract)

Heikkinen, Seppo
Elision and hiatus in early Anglo-Latin grammar and verse (see abstract)

Lowrey, Brian
Early English causative constructions and the “second agent” factor (see abstract)

Sówka-Pietraszewska, Katarzyna
On the development of a prepositional object construction with give verbs, motion verbs and Latinate verbs in English (see abstract)

Yanagi, Tomohiro
Ditransitive alternation and theme passivization in Old English (see abstract)

Powerpoint presentation

Anastasia Eseleva
GIEFAN vs. SELLAN: the rivalry between the main OE ditransitives

Areal and regional variation: Mapping out new territory


Nevalainen, Terttu

Anderwald, Lieselotte
Throve, pled, shrunk: The evolution of American English in the 19th century between language change and prescriptive norms (see abstract)

Brinton, Laurel J., Stefan Dollinger & Margery Fee
Balanced corpora and quotation databases: Taking shortcuts or expanding methodological scope? (see abstract)

Evans, Mel
A sociolinguistics of Early Modern spelling? An account of Queen Elizabeth I's correspondence (see abstract)

Jensen, Vibeke
The consonantal element (th) in some Late Middle English Yorkshire texts (see abstract)

Stenroos, Merja & Kjetil V. Thengs
Two Staffordshires: real and linguistic space in the study of Late Middle English dialects (see abstract)

Powerpoint presentations

Anne-Christine Gardner
Measures of productivity and lexical diversity: Suffixation (c.1150–1350)

Marianne Hundt & Benedikt Szmrecsanyi
Animacy ‘down under’

Annotation and methods


Rissanen, Matti & Jukka Tyrkkö

Archer, Dawn
Corpus annotation: a welcome addition or an interpretation too far? (see abstract)

Diemer, Stefan
Orthographic annotation of Middle English Corpora (see abstract)

Komen, Erwin
Coreferenced corpora for information structure research (see abstract)

Lijffijt, Jefrey, Tanja Säily & Terttu Nevalainen
CEECing the baseline: Lexical stability and significant change in a historical corpus (see abstract)

Schneider, Gerold
Adapting a parser to historical English (see abstract)

Voutilainen, Atro
Tagging old with new: an experiment with corpus customisation (see abstract)

Powerpoint presentation

Alistair Baron, Paul Rayson & Dawn Archer
Innovators of Early Modern English spelling change: Using DICER to investigate spelling variation trends

Variation in Context


Tyrkkö, Jukka

Cesiri, Daniela
Investigating the development of ESP through historical corpora: the case of archaeology articles written in English during the Late Modern period (and beyond?) (see abstract)

Hillberg, Sanna
Relativiser that in Scottish English news writing (see abstract)

Rodríguez-Puente, Paula
Talking “private” with phrasal verbs: A corpus-based study of the use of phrasal verbs in diaries, journals and private letters (see abstract)

Vásquez-López, Vera
The role of the audience in the use of action nominalizations in early modern scientific English (see abstract)

Powerpoint presentation

Geoffrey Leech
Decline (and disappearance) – the negative side of recent change in standard English

Technical note

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