Edited By Roberta Facchinetti and Matti Rissanen
ROBERTA FACCHINETTI /MATTI RISSANEN: Introduction 7
ROBERTA FACCHINETTI / MATTI RISSANEN Introduction Each year brings new problems of Form and Content. (W.H. Auden, ‘Shorts’) The great source of pleasure is variety. Uniformity must tire at last, though it be uniformity of excellence. We love to expect; and, when expectation is disappointed or gratified, we want to be again expecting. (Samuel Johnson, Lives of the English Poets, ‘Butler’) 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 of 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. 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. Bearing this in mind, scholars are now pondering how far diachronic corpus linguistics may be improved in order to further enhance our knowledge of the kaleidoscopic shifts and turns of the English language through the centuries. This is the issue tackled in the very first paper of the collection (‘The Importance of Historical Corpora, Reliability, and Reading’), by ANNE CURZAN and CHRIS C. PALMER; the authors provide a detailed overview of ways to widen the rich contribution of historical corpus linguistic studies to the broader field of linguistics, while recognizing the...
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