Article published in:Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics: A multi-dimensional approach
Edited by Manfred Markus, Yoko Iyeiri, Reinhard Heuberger and Emil Chamson
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 50] 2012
► pp. 13–30
Can’t see the wood for the trees?
Corpora and the study of Late Modern English
This paper provides an overview of the effect of what we might call the “corpus revolution” on Late Modern English (LModE) studies, transforming it from the “Cinderella” of historical linguistic study to the exciting and innovative field that it is today. In acknowledging what has been gained from this turn to corpora, it also discusses whether this is restricting the kinds of research questions being asked and the fields in which research takes place. More specifically, it demonstrates how phonology, which used to dominate historical language studies, has been sidelined due to the lack of searchable corpora or databases of phonological evidence from the LModE period. Finally, it outlines how a corpus of LModE phonology might be created.
Published online: 11 April 2012
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