The majority of the chapters of this volume originated from papers presented at the conference From Data to Evidence: Big Data, Rich Data, Uncharted Data held in Helsinki, 19–22 October 2015, which was a part of the University of Helsinki’s celebrations for its 375 years as an institute of higher education. This conference wanted to focus attention on the new data sources, both historical and modern, that are now available for English language research. Altogether well over fifty papers and demonstrations either examined new data sources or explored existing data sources in new ways, showing how the three types of data identified in the call for papers – big data, rich data, and uncharted data – can be used to ask new questions and verify old hypotheses about the English language.
We would like to thank the contributors of this volume for their co-operation in putting together this volume, as well as all the anonymous reviewers of individual articles and the volume as a whole for their suggestions. We also want to thank our series editors for their support in publishing this volume. Finally, we owe thanks to our assistants, Milka Nissinen, Anna Suutarla and Jukka Tuominen, for their editorial work.
Helsinki, December 2017