The Corpus of Early English Medical Writing consists of three diachronic subcorpora. Each presents a representative sampling of medical writing, ranging from the strata of highest learning to practical health guides written for the general public. The composition of each corpus reflects the extralinguistic reality of medical writing during the relevant time period, realized in the increasing level of categorization of texts.
Timeline of the CEEM corpora
The three corpora are published independently, in chronological order. Note that each subcorpus has its own reference line. Information on each individual text sample can be found in the catalogue of the respective corpus.
Middle English Medical Texts (MEMT)
|Time of compilation: 1995–2005
Size: 495,322 words
Language: Middle and Early Modern English
Number of texts/samples: 86
Period: c. 1375–1500 (with an appendix of early 14th century texts)
Released: 2005 (John Benjamins , CD-ROM)
2005. Middle English Medical Texts. Taavitsainen Irma, Päivi Pahta and Martti Mäkinen (eds.). CD-ROM. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Early Modern English Medical Texts (EMEMT)
|Time of compilation: 2000–2010
Size: 2 million words
Language: Early Modern English
Number of texts/samples: c. 450
Released: 2010 (John Benjamins , CD-ROM)
2010. Early Modern English Medical Texts. Taavitsainen Irma, Päivi Pahta, Turo Hiltunen, Martti Mäkinen, Ville Marttila, Maura Ratia, Carla Suhr, and Jukka Tyrkkö (eds.). CD-ROM. Amsterdam: John Benjamins.
Late Modern English Medical Texts (LMEMT)
Time of compilation: 2010–
Status: In preparation
Language: Late Modern English