English Corpus Linguistics: Crossing Paths


Editor: Merja Kytö
The chapters in this collected volume illuminate the dynamic success story of English corpus linguistics over the past few decades. The book is organised in three parts. The chapters in Part I set the scene by addressing fundamental issues such as the balance between automated and manual analyses, and the urgent call for more communication and collaboration across subjects and research areas. The studies in Part II highlight patterns in Present-day English from a cross-linguistic perspective, and identify and analyse stylistic trends in recent English. Part III is devoted to aspects of the rich variation and long-term change characteristic of early English.
Two themes cut across the chapters in the book. One of them is the impressive volume and diversity of digitised material available for English corpus linguists today and the issues that arise for researchers wishing to combine different data sources in their analyses. The other theme concerns the benefits that advances made in English corpus linguistics may offer to other disciplines.

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Biographical Note
Merja Kytö is Professor of English Language at Uppsala University, Sweden. Her fields of interest include corpus linguistics, the history of English, variation analysis, historical pragmatics, and manuscript studies. With Jonathan Culpeper, she co-authored Early Modern English Dialogues: Spoken Interaction as Writing (CUP, 2010). Among her other recent publications are Records of the Salem Witch-hunt (associate editor, CUP, 2009), Corpus Linguistics: An International Handbook (co-editor with Anke Lüdeling, de Gruyter, 2008) and Nineteenth-century English: Stability and Change (co-editor with Mats Rydén and Erik Smitterberg, CUP, 2006). She has participated in historical corpus projects, among them the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts, A Corpus of Nineteenth-century English, A Corpus of English Dialogues 1560–1760, and An Electronic Text Edition of Depositions 1560–1760.
Table of contents
Merja Kytö: Introduction
Setting the scene
Anne Curzan: The electronic life of texts: insights from corpus linguistics for all fields of English
Charles F. Meyer: Textual analysis: from philology to corpus linguistics
Focus on Present-day and recent English
Stig Johansson: Cross-linguistic perspectives
Geoffrey Leech, Nicholas Smith and Paul Rayson: English style on the move: variation and change in stylistic norms
in the twentieth century
Focus on early English
Laurel J. Brinton: Historical pragmatics and corpus linguistics: problems and strategies
Claudia Claridge: ‘Upon these Heads I shall discourse’: lexicographical and corpus evidence for senses and phrases
Thomas Kohnen: Prayers in the history of English: a corpus-based study
Ian Lancashire: Semantic drift in Shakespeare, and Early Modern English full-text corpora
Matti Rissanen: Corpora and the study of the history of English
Elizabeth Closs Traugott: The status of onset contexts in analysis of micro-changes
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