This workshop Cross-disciplinary approaches to linguistic variation in Early Modern West Germanic derives from the hypothesis that language variation is determined by grammatical developments and restrictions, as well as literary-communicative factors. The workshop particularly focuses on the three major West-Germanic languages – i.e. English, German and Dutch – during the Early Modern period (ca. 1500-1800). This period marks one of transition in many domains including language: political, scientific, cultural and religious changes led e.g. to the use of languages in new domains (scientific, religious and literary), language standardization and mass migration of people. These developments influenced the West-Germanic languages, resulting in a situation in which massive intra- and inter-author variation was exhibited as well as radical language change. During the workshop, we seek to gain a deeper insight in morpho-syntactic variation (e.g. variation pertaining to case, negation, verbs, etc.) in these Early Modern West Germanic languages, and will try to understand how (the interplay of) grammatical/linguistic and socio-cultural/literary factors impacted on this wealth of variation. To answer these questions various research methodologies will be employed, among which quantitative data analysis using computational linguistic techniques.
Date and Location
Utrecht, Netherlands, July 2-3, 2020
Abstracts can be submitted up till April 1st 2020.
More information can be found here.