From Middle English to Today’s English
The conference, MMECL: Middle and Modern English Corpus Linguistics, held at the University of Innsbruck in 2009, was an excellent occasion, where we discussed various issues on historical corpora and variation and change of the English language from Middle to Modern English. This volume, edited by the conference organizers, includes selected papers presented at this conference.
Table of contents
List of Abbreviations
Introduction (Manfred Markus, Yoko Iyeiri, Reinhard Heuberger and Emil Chamson)
Part I: Corpus Linguistics Today and Tomorrow
Can’t see the wood for the trees?: Corpora and the study of Late Modern English (Joan Beal)
Spelling variation in Middle English manuscripts: The case for an integrated corpus approach (Stefan Diemer)
Part II: Aspects of Language Change
The development of compound numerals in English Biblical translations (Isao Hashimoto)
The complements of causative make in Late Middle English (Yoko Iyeiri)
The pragmaticalization and intensification of verily, truly and really: A corpus-based study on the developments of three truth-identifying adverbs (Tine Defour)
Concept-driven semasiology and onomasiology of CLERGY: Focus on the lexicogenesis of pope, bishop and priest (Sylwester Łodej)
ANGER and TĒNEin Middle English (Hans-Jürgen Diller)
Part III: Middle and Modern English Case Studies
The subjunctive vs. modal auxiliaries: Lest-clauses in Late Middle English prose texts (Namiko Kikusawa)
Some notes on the distribution of the quantifier all in Middle English (Tomohiro Yanagi)
Interjections in Middle English: Chaucer’s “Reeve’s Tale” and the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse (Hans Sauer)
Why and what in Early Modern English drama (Ursula Lutzky)
Colloquialization and not-contraction in nineteenth-century English (Erik Smitterberg)
Part IV: Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary and Thereafter
The complexity and diversity of the words in Wright’s English Dialect Dictionary (Manfred Markus)
Etymology in the English Dialect Dictionary (Emil Chamson)
Towards an understanding of Joseph Wright’s sources: White Kennett’s Parochial Antiquities (1695) and the English Dialect Dictionary (Javier Ruano-García)
The importance of being Janus: Midland speakers and the “North-South Divide” (Clive Upton)
… ging uns der ganze alte Dialektbegriff in eine Illusion auf: The deterritorialization of dialects in the 20th and 21st centuries (Christian Mair)
The following are publications of selected papers presented at MMECL2011, which took place in Osaka.
- Iyeiri, Yoko & Jennifer Smith (eds.) 2014. Studies in Middle and Modern English: Historical Change. Suita: Osaka Books.
- Tani, Akinobu & Jennifer Smith (eds.) 2017. Studies in Middle and Modern English: Historical Variation. Tokyo: Kaitakusha.