Corpus-based Studies of Diachronic English

by Roberta Facchinetti (Volume editor) Matti Rissanen (Volume editor)
©2006 Edited Collection 310 Pages
Series: Linguistic Insights, Volume 31


Corpus-based studies of diachronic English have been thriving over the last three decades to such an extent that the validity of corpora in the enrichment of historical linguistic research is now undeniable. The present book is a collection of papers illustrating the state of the art in corpus-based research on diachronic English, by means of case-study expositions, software presentations, and theoretical discussions on the topic. The majority of these papers were delivered at the 25th Conference of the International Computer Archive of Modern and Medieval English (ICAME), held at the University of Verona on 18-23 May 2004. A number of typological and geographical varieties of English are tackled in the book: from general to specialized English, from British to Australian English, from written to speech-related registers. In order to discuss their tenets, the contributors draw on corpora and dictionaries from different centuries, including the most recent ones; hence, they testify to the fact that past and present are so strongly interlocked and so inextricably entwined that it proves hard – if not preposterous – to fully understand Present-day English structure and features without turning back to the previous centuries for an in-depth knowledge of the ‘whys’ and ‘hows’ of the current state of the art.


ISBN (Softcover)
Publication date
2011 (September)
Englisch Historische Grammatik Korpus (Linguistik) Verona (2004) Historical English Specialized Language Linguistic change Spelling convention Grammaticalization Kongress
Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, New York, Oxford, Wien, 2006. 310 pp.

Biographical notes

Roberta Facchinetti (Volume editor) Matti Rissanen (Volume editor)

The Editors: Roberta Facchinetti is Professor of English at the University of Verona, Italy. Her research field and publications are mainly concerned with language description, textual analysis and pragmatics. This is done mostly by means of computerized corpora of both synchronic and diachronic English. Matti Rissanen is Emeritus Professor of English Philology at the University of Helsinki and a team leader in the Research Unit for the Study of Variation, Contacts and Change in English, at the same university. His research interests include long-term diachronic development of English syntax and grammatical vocabulary and the compilation of historical corpora.


Title: Corpus-based Studies of Diachronic English