Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (CMSW)

Anderson, W. , Bann, J. and Beavan, D. (2009) Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (CMSW). In: Corpus Linguistics 2009, Liverpool, 20-23 July 2009,



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This poster describes the online Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (1700-1945), being created at the University of Glasgow. The corpus fills the chronological gap between the Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots (1375-1700) and the Scottish Corpus of Texts and Speech (1945-present). The period covered by CMSW is an important time in the history of Scotland and Scots. It begins with the last stages of the standardisation of written English and the onset of the ‘Vernacular Revival’ in literary Scots. Out of the interaction between Broad Scots and written Standard English, the hybrid prestige variety of today’s Scottish English is said to emerge: CMSW will allow researchers to substantiate this claim, among many others. Once complete, CMSW will contain at least 4 million words of text, with accompanying metadata, covering a range of genres, including personal writing, administrative prose, verse and drama, and the writings of language commentators.

Item Type:Conference Proceedings
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Anderson, Professor Wendy and Bann, Dr Jennifer and Beavan, Mr David
Authors: Anderson, W., Bann, J., and Beavan, D.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PE English
P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
College/School:College of Arts > School of Critical Studies > English Language and Linguistics
Copyright Holders:Copyright © 2009 UCREL
First Published:First published in Proceedings of the Corpus Linguistics 2009 conference
Publisher Policy:Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher

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