Wednesday 6 March 2019, 2 pm, W10 (Wilson Building)

Jonathan Culpeper (Lancaster University)

Shakespeare’s language: New perspectives from corpus linguistics

The study of Shakespeare’s language has not made full use of corpora and their related methods, despite the fact that corpus linguistics infuses the making of today’s dictionaries and grammars, and indeed much of historical linguistics. The Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s Language project embraces those very methods. This presentation will give the flavour of what the project has been doing, and will include a whistle-stop tour of some of the results flowing from it, along with associated methodological issues. It will discuss: Shakespeare’s neologisms (with a digression on counting words); word-meanings and collocations; the idiolects of characters; and, time permitting, a spin-off study on the language of emotion.