Funding for a New Middle English Corpus
I have been awarded a SALC Research Development and Support grant (2021) for an exploratory study entitled "Studying linguistic changes in late Middle English - the medieval romance." The goal of this research is to build a database of electronic files of medieval English texts that will allow studying the transition between medieval and modern English (c. 1400-1550). The scope is limited to one particular genre, “romances", the primary form of fictional entertainment in the middle ages.
I have established a good working relation with a transcription company in India who transcribe editions at a highly competitive rate. I will create electronic files for the following texts:
Taken together with texts that I have already transcribed in the past, this will bring the total number of transcriptions of prose romances up to the target of c. 1,000,000 words.
Stay tuned for updates on this exciting project!
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