Early English in the Computer Age: Explorations through the Helsinki Corpus

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Surveys some of the research possibilities opened by the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts: Diachronic and Dialectal which offers computer access to and manipulation of major texts from Old, Middle, and Early Modern English. Supplementary corpora are in preparation for Older Scots and Early American English. They are intended for research into linguistic change, but can also be used to investigate the evolution of literary styles, genres, and other aspects. Introductions to the five periods are followed by examples of studies on the verb to be, similes of equality, the differentiating of each and every, and searching for syntactic constructions. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9783110137392
  • Publisher: Mouton de Gruyter
  • Publication date: 10/1/1993
  • Series: Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL] Series , #11
  • Format: Library Binding
  • Pages: 296
  • Product dimensions: 8.66 (w) x 7.94 (h) x 0.57 (d)

Table of Contents

General introduction 1
Old English 21
Middle English 33
Early Modern British English 53
Older Scots 75
Early American English 83
Introduction 95
Syntactic and semantic properties of the present indicative forms of the verb to be in Old English 97
Thaer compounds from Old to Early Middle English 117
The structure of Middle English similes of equality 139
Genre/subgenre styles in Late Middle English? 171
Toward the Modern English dichotomy between every and each 201
On the development of the by-agent in English 219
Periphrastic do in sixteenth- and seventeenth-century Scots 235
"By and by enters [this] my artificiall foole ... who, when Jack beheld, sodainely he flew at him": Searching for syntactic constructions in the Helsinki Corpus 253
Bibliography 267
Index of authors 291
Index of subjects 294
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