Edited by Richard J. Whitt
[Studies in Corpus Linguistics 85] 2018
► pp. 261–280
This paper has two main objectives: to point out some of the challenges surrounding the study of morphosyntactic variation and change through historical corpora, and to present some methodological alternatives to help alleviate these problems using the specific case study of the expression of possession in Old Spanish. The study highlights some methodological issues such as the definition of the context of occurrence of morphosyntactic variables and the problem of comparability of texts in diachronic corpora. In order to showcase some methodological alternatives the paper presents the results of a study on Old Spanish possessives that uses data from a parallel corpus of medieval Bible translations and a multinomial logistic regression analysis.