Programme outline

The conference opens on Wednesday, 28th September, and comes to a close on Sunday, 2nd of October. The main programme will consist of thematic sessions, regular paper sessions, and workshops. Demonstrations, book exhibitions, and posters will be held at the Corpus Plaza, the common area of the conference venue.

NB! The pre-final academic programme is now available. The programme was last updated September 21 with three minor changes to paper titles. A small number of changes was made to the previous version in response to requests and cancellations. Some minor changes may still be necessary, but we do not anticipate many. If you have a problem concerning your own paper, please get in touch with us as soon as possible by sending an mail to helsinki-corpus(at)

A pre-print version of the abstract book will be posted here next week.

Pre-conference Event

The conference will commence with the pre-conference event Developing Corpus Methodology for Historical Pragmatics on Wednesday, September 28th. The event will be organised by Irma Taavitsainen and Carla Suhr.

The pre-conference event will begin in the early afternoon. The first plenary presentation, by Andreas Jucker, will also take place on Wednesday, as will the first reception.

To make it to all the events on Wednesday, it is advisable to pick a flight arriving in Helsinki at noon at the latest.

Thematic sessions

The following three thematic sessions will be held starting Thursday, September 29th.

Areal and regional variation in English historical corpora
  Convener: Terttu Nevalainen
Corpus Annotation
  Conveners: Minna Palander-Collin and Matti Rissanen
Medieval Latin from Anglo-Saxon Sources
  Conveners: Matti Kilpiö and Olga Timofeeva

General sessions

Regular paper sessions will be held from Thursday, September 29th, to Sunday, October 2nd. If the volume of accepted papers turns out the be particularly high, it is possible that some papers will be held on Wednesday. More information on the dates will be added as soon as we know.

The papers will follow the regular format of a 20 minute presentation followed by 10 minutes for discussion, and will be organised into thematically sound sessions as soon as the papers have been selected.


In addition to thematic and general sessions, two workshops with invited participants will also be held. The workshops will be open to everyone.

Philological Digitisation: The Helsinki Experience
  Convener: Anneli Meurman-Solin
Workshop on Metadata and Descriptors in Historical Corpora
  Convener: Jukka Tyrkkö

Plenary sessions

There will be four plenary sessions. For the dates and times, see the preliminary programme.

Prof. Dawn Archer (University of Central Lancashire): Corpus Annotation – A welcome Addition or an Interpretation Too Far?

Prof. Andreas Jucker (University of Zurich): Historical corpus semantics: Expressions of “courtesy” and “politeness” in the Helsinki Corpus

Emer. Prof. Geoffrey Leech (Lancaster University): Decline and (?)disappearance: the negative side of recent change in Standard English

Prof. Merja Kytö (Uppsala University): In charted and uncharted territories: Exploring geographical variation in English historical corpora