The Middle English Grammar Project

  1. 1. Jeremy Smith

    University of Glasgow

  2. 2. Simon Horobin

    University of Glasgow

Work text
This plain text was ingested for the purpose of full-text search, not to preserve original formatting or readability. For the most complete copy, refer to the original conference program.

The study of linguistic variation in Middle English has undergone a revolution in recent years, with the publication of the "Linguistic Atlas of Late Mediaeval English" (McIntosh, Samuels and Benskin 1986) and other important surveys. However, no thorough-going attempt has as yet been made to harness this new information to a wider programme of linguistic description which is oriented from both structural and variationist perspectives. The Middle English Grammar Project, a British-Academy funded venture now underway at the University of Glasgow and at Stavanger College, Norway, is designed to address this gap, with the production of surveys covering the whole field of ME linguistic studies: spelling, phonology, grammar and lexicology. The Project is currently focused in the UK within the Institute for the Historical Study of Language, a research-centre within Glasgow's Faculty of Arts. The first research area being addressed by the Project is the creation of a new history of ME spelling and phonology. In order to carry out this analysis a corpus of machine-readable texts is currently being assembled. These texts are subsequently classified according to both Present-Day and etymological reflexes and the results of this process are entered in a database. This database includes a variety of extralinguistic information in addition to the classified spelling data, such as genre and script, which allows the corpus to be interrogated according to a number of different factors. This presentation will demonstrate this database and discuss its uses for the study of linguistic variation in Middle English, and historical linguistics more generally.

Conference Info

In review


Hosted at University of Glasgow

Glasgow, Scotland, United Kingdom

July 21, 2000 - July 25, 2000

104 works by 187 authors indexed

Affiliations need to be double-checked.

Conference website:

Series: ALLC/EADH (27), ACH/ICCH (20), ACH/ALLC (12)

Organizers: ACH, ALLC

  • Keywords: None
  • Language: English
  • Topics: None