I am a member of the project Reassessing language change: the challenge of real time, which is funded by the Academy of Finland and led by Professor Terttu Nevalainen. One of the main aims of the project is to create a user-updated, fully searchable Language Change Database, which will provide access to the results of previous empirical research on English historical linguistics. Within the project, I am also working on variation and change in derivational vs. inflectional productivity, as well as on methods for studying changes proceeding through lexical diffusion.
I am also a member of the project Interfacing structured and unstructured data in sociolinguistic research on language change (STRATAS), funded by the Academy of Finland DIGIHUM programme and led by Professor Terttu Nevalainen. Together with Eetu Mäkelä and Harri Siirtola, we are developing a toolkit for historical sociolinguistics that will enable researchers to interactively explore the social embedding of language use by combining texts, metadata and visualizations. My subproject focuses on neologisms in early English correspondence.
In 2014, I defended my PhD dissertation, entitled Sociolinguistic Variation in English Derivational Productivity: Studies and Methods in Diachronic Corpus Linguistics. In my dissertation, I study sociolinguistic variation and change in the morphological productivity of the nominal suffixes -ness and -ity from Early Modern English to present-day English, using materials such as the Corpus of Early English Correspondence (CEEC) and the British National Corpus (BNC). I also consider methodological issues in the study of language variation and change, such as genre continuity. To overcome some of these problems, I develop new tools and methods in collaboration with computer scientists, e.g., in the multidisciplinary DAMMOC project.
I have participated in the development of the following tools and methods:
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