The Linguistic DNA project reaches the end of its AHRC-funded work next summer. To share our tools and findings with the research community, we will be hosting demonstrations and presenting case studies at several conferences. While details of our papers are subject to confirmation, we are pleased to highlight two particular collaborations:


Society for Renaissance Studies logo. A phoenix rising from flames.Society for Renaissance Studies (SRS8)

From 3-5 July 2018, the Society for Renaissance Studies meets in Sheffield. Linguistic DNA will be holding a free workshop following on from the main conference, with an opportunity for participants to see and try out how our tools work with Early English Books Online. We are also encouraging others within our network to attend the full conference. Strands such as “Civil and uncivil discourse” or “Knowledge, truth and expertise” offer fertile territory for explorations of linguistic variation and change in the Renaissance period (to ca. 1700). For details of the full Call for papers, visit the SRS website. If you would be interested in joining a LDNA-coordinated panel, get in touch (quickly—the CfP deadline is 1 September).


International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE5)

ISLE 5 London logo.From 17-20 July 2018, the International Society for the Linguistics of English (ISLE) meets in London. Details of Linguistic DNA’s involvement are still subject to discussion, but we again welcome contact from others who would have an interest in participating in an LDNA-led workshop on modelling conceptual change. More information about dates and deadlines is available from the ISLE 5 website.


Also coming up in 2018

The Linguistic DNA team will attend ICEHL XX in Edinburgh (27-31 August 2018), where Co-Investigator Marc Alexander is among the plenary speakers.

We also expect to hold an invitation-only workshop for those interested in collaborating with us on publications documenting current advances in the study of language change. This will take place in Spring 2018. Please let us know if you think you could contribute to this area of publication and how.

For some broader background on the project, see also our recent article in Studia Neophilologica.

Some future plans & linked calls

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