Call for Papers

To celebrate the 20th anniversary of the release of the Helsinki Corpus of English Texts, the first comprehensive historical corpus of the English language, the Research Unit for Variation, Contacts, and Change in English (VARIENG) is organising an academic conference with a difference. VARIENG is pleased to invite colleagues involved in the development and use of English historical corpora for five days of workshops, thematic sessions, and open discussions, on a variety of topics concerning historical corpus linguistics. Emphasis will be placed on looking ahead at where the discipline is headed in terms of both new developments in digital humanities and cross-disciplinary interfaces between corpus compiling and linguistic methodologies. Abstracts are invited for 30 minute presentations including discussion as well as for posters and corpus or software demonstrations to be held at Corpus Plaza, the common area at the conference venue.

In addition to general sessions, various other events will also be organised. Thematic sessions will be held on the following topics.

Areal and regional variation in English historical corpora
  Convener: Terttu Nevalainen
Corpus Annotation
  Conveners: Minna Palander-Collin and Matti Rissanen
Developing Corpus Methodology for Historical Pragmatics
  Conveners: Irma Taavitsainen and Carla Suhr
Medieval Latin from Anglo-Saxon Sources
  Conveners: Matti Kilpiö and Olga Timofeeva
Two workshops with invited participants will also be held:
Philological Digitisation: The Helsinki Experience
  Convener: Anneli Meurman-Solin
Workshop on Metadata and Descriptors in Historical Corpora
  Convener: Jukka Tyrkkö

Abstracts of 200-300 words may be submitted electronically for the general and thematic sessions, poster presentations, and corpus or software demonstrations by using our Easy Abstracts page on the Linguist List at Please do not include your name or affiliation in the abstract file itself, but do mention whether your contribution is intended as a 30 min presentation, poster, or corpus/software demonstration.

If you have any questions or problems, please send an email to

The deadline for abstract submission has been extended to February 1, 2011. Letters of acceptance will be sent by March 1, 2011.