Regional Variation and the Language of English Witness Depositions 1560-1760: Constructing a 'Linguistic' Edition in Electronic Form
2007 (English)In: Towards Multimedia in Corpus Studies. Vol. 2: Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English, Helsinki: Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG), , 2007Chapter in book (Other academic)
This article has a twofold aim: to introduce ongoing work on an electronic edition of English witness depositions from the period 1560-1760; and to demonstrate in two case studies that this edition is particularly appropriate for studies of regional variation in Early Modern English. The first part of the article outlines the background and methodology of the project. It stresses the need for an accurate, large-scale electronic database of witness depositions based on transcriptions from the original manuscripts. These manuscripts originate from a variety of regions across England. In the second part of the article, the two case studies illustrate the importance of region on language use. Regarding the third person neuter pronoun forms (hit, it, 't, and him), the older form hit is only found in the North-west. In the choice between was and were with third person plural subjects, was is only frequent in the North, in particular the North-east.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Helsinki: Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG), , 2007.
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:uu:diva-13676OAI: oai:DiVA.org:uu-13676DiVA: diva2:41446
Based on papers presented at the 27th annual conference of the International Computer Archive for Modern and Medieval English (ICAME), which was hosted by the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) at the Department of English, University of Helsinki on May 24-28, 2006.2008-02-022008-02-022012-03-22Bibliographically approved