Srishti Lal’s internship
Srishti Lal, an exchange student from Heidelberg University, worked as an intern in our project, retrieving and normalizing data from the LCD for the purpose of extending our meta-analysis to Early Modern English. Thank you, Srishti!
Lieselotte Anderwald’s visit
Professor Lieselotte Anderwald visited the team in Helsinki to plan the future development of the database and her own research based on it. She also gave a guest lecture entitled “Empirical linguistics as an exercise in ‘mythbusting’? The case of AmE gotten”.
Teresa Fanego’s visit
Professor Teresa Fanego visited the team in Helsinki to hear about the latest developments concerning the database, providing valuable feedback. She also gave a guest lecture entitled “Constructional competition: The development of English motion patterns from Old English times to the present”.
Jefrey Lijffijt’s visit
Project collaborator Jefrey Lijffijt visited the team in Helsinki to work on a meta-analysis of the rate of change in Middle English using the Language Change Database.
2nd LCD project course successfully completed
The students of the advanced study module used the LCD this spring to conduct small-scale meta-analyses of change in the Late Middle English period. We would like to thank the attendees, who worked hard and learned a lot!
Paper on LCD and LADA published
Our latest paper, Open science for English historical corpus linguistics: Introducing the Language Change Database, has been published in the Proceedings of DHN 2018.
Annual report, 2016–2017
The second annual report of the Reassessing Language Change project has been published, with an overview of our activities over the past two years.
Jefrey Lijffijt’s visit
Project collaborator Jefrey Lijffijt visited the team in Helsinki to hear about the latest developments concerning the database and to give a demonstration of the tools he has been developing.
LCD poster on display at BAULT 2016
LCD was introduced to the Building and Using Language Technology research community at the BAULT 2016 symposium in Helsinki.
Turo Vartiainen defends his PhD dissertation
Project member Turo Vartiainen defended his PhD dissertation, Challenges in Categorization: Corpus-based Studies of Adjectival Premodifiers in English. His opponent was Dr Graeme Trousdale, The University of Edinburgh.
Project collaborators’ visit
Peter Trudgill, Jefrey Lijffijt and Sali Tagliamonte visited the project, providing valuable feedback on the database and planning research based on it as well as giving a guest lecture each.
LCD paper published
Our paper, Language Change Database: A new online resource, has been published in the ICAME Journal.
LCD poster on display at the HiSoN conference
LCD was introduced to members of the Historical Sociolinguistics Network at the HiSoN conference in Helsinki.
Annual report, 2014–2015
The first annual report of the Reassessing Language Change project has been published, with an overview of our activities over the past year and a half.
New year, upcoming publication
Happy New Year! We are happy to report that a description of the database will be published in the next issue of the ICAME Journal. We say goodbye to one of our research assistants, Emily Öhman, who is now a doctoral student. Thanks and congratulations, Emily! We welcome a new research assistant, Aatu Liimatta.
Database now at 161 entries
Our research assistants have been busy over the summer, bringing the current total of entries up to 161. We'd also like to thank those of you who filled in the questionnaire - your feedback is appreciated.
LCD project course successfully completed
The students of the advanced study module have helped design the structure and contents of the Language Change Database this spring. They are happy to have gained a substantial amount of hands-on project experience during the four-month course.
The project leaders would like to thank the attendees for all the work they did during the spring months. Their feedback was very insightful and helped make the database more user-friendly.
102 entries - and counting
The online pilot version of the database got its very first entries today. There are currently 102 entries in total, with more to come.