purpose of this web interface is to make available the texts
(manuscripts and epigraphic material) collected and analysed in the
course of our research on the history of northern English from the
7th to the 16th centuries.
The e-corpus includes
both the edition of the manuscripts and inscriptions, and information
about the language at different linguistic levels:
spelling/phonology, morphosyntax and lexis.
Three versions of each
text are available:
A fully annotated, TEI conformant, xml version
A user friendly html version generated from the xml, which displays
the relevant annotated features
A plain text version
Although our main purpose
is to highlight the features that characterize these texts as
northern, future versions of the web interface will also allow users
to do searches which are not focused on dialectal variation (e.g.
studies on the evolution of a given morphological feature, on the
syntax of different text types, etc.).
Aside from elaborating
the e-corpus, our project aims at identifying those features of
contemporary northern dialects which can be traced back either to Old
Northumbrian or to innovations that appear in Middle English. Our aim
is to ascertain what features are most resistant to the process of
standardisation and discover the possible causes of their resilience.
Most researchers participating in this project belong to the Historical
Linguistics Research Group at the University of Seville,
where a brief description of previous projects and related links can
FernÃ¡ndez Cuesta, Julia / RodrÃguez Ledesma, MÂª Nieves 2004.
Northern Features in 15th-16th-Century Legal Documents from
Yorkshire. In Dossena, Marina / Lass, Roger (eds.) Methods and
Data in English Historical Dialectology. Bern: Peter Lang,
FernÃ¡ndez Cuesta, Julia / RodrÃguez Ledesma, MÂª Nieves. 2007.
From Old Northumbrian to Northern ME: Bridging the Divide. In
Mazzon, Gabriella (ed.) Studies in ME Forms and Meanings.
Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 117-132.
FernÃ¡ndez Cuesta, Julia / RodrÃguez Ledesma, MÂª Nieves 2008.
Northern Middle English: Towards Telling the Full Story. In Dossena,
Marina / Dury, Richard / Gotti, Maurizio (eds.) English
Historical Linguistics 2006. Volume III: Geo-historical Variation in
English. Amsterdam: Benjamins, 91-109.
FernÃ¡ndez Cuesta, Julia / RodrÃguez Ledesma, MÂª Nieves / Senra
Silva, Inmaculada. 2008. Towards a history of Northern English:
early and late Northumbrian. Studia Neophilologica 80:
FernÃ¡ndez Cuesta, Julia / RodrÃguez Ledesma, MÂª Nieves /
Forthcoming 2009. The Northern Echo: Continuities in Contemporary
Northern English. In Dossena, Marina / Lass, Roger (eds.)
Perspectives on English and European Historical Dialectology.
Bern: Peter Lang.
Amores Carredano, Julia FernÃ¡ndez Cuesta & Luisa GarcÃa
GarcÃa. Compilation of an electronic corpus of northern
English texts from Old to Early Modern English. Paper presented
at the 6th Internacional Conference on Middle English (ICOME6).
Cambridge, 24th-26th Jul. 2008.
FernÃ¡ndez Cuesta & Christopher Langmuir. Spelling practices in 18th c.
dialect literature from North-West England. Paper presented at
the 15th Internacional Conference on English Historical Linguistics
(ICEHL 15) 24-30 de agosto de 2008. University of Munich.
PhD Theses in Progress
- Marcelle Cole: The Origin and Development of the Northern Subject Rule in Old and Middle English.
- Christohpher Langmuir. Archbishop Trench and 19th Century Philology.
Both our first project (BFF2001-3135) and
the current one (HUM2007-62926) have been funded by the Spanish
Ministry of Science and Technology, the National Programme for
Scientific Research Development and Technological Innovation and the
European Regional Development.
Special thanks also to Meg Laing
for letting us use material for our corpus.