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Department of Language and Linguistic Science

The Department of Language and Linguistic Science at the University of York is pleased to announce a workshop sponsored by the Philological Society:

Corpus-based Advances in Historical Linguistics
14 November 2009 York UK


Bas Aarts (University College London)
Jo Close (University of Leeds)
Tony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania)
Susan Pintzuk (University of York)
Matti Rissanen (University of Helsinki)
Benedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Freiburg)
Ann Taylor (University of York)

Provisional Programme

10.30am-11.00am  Registration
11.00am-12noon:Ann Taylor and Susan Pintzuk (University of York, UK), Information structure and the syntax of objects in Old English: a corpus study
1.00pm-2.00pmBas Aarts and Jo Close (University College London and University of Leeds), Using the Diachronic Corpus of Present-Day Spoken English to investigate changes in the English verb phrase
2.00pm-3.00pm Tony Kroch (University of Pennsylvania, USA), Statistical patterns of independence and interaction in quantitative diachronic syntax:  learning from twenty years of case studies
3.00pm-3.30pmTea break
3.30pm-4.30pmBenedikt Szmrecsanyi (University of Freiburg, Germany), Changing habitats versus changing grammars: the case of genitive variability in Late Modern English news texts
4.30pm-5.30pmMatti Rissanen (University of Helsinki, Finland), On the development of English adverbial subordinators: evidence from historical corpora
6.00pm-7.00pmDrinks reception provided by the Department of Language and Linguistic Science, University of York
7.30pm Dinner (for speakers and others who wish to attend)


Humanities Research Centre (Berrick Saul Building), University of York, Heslington, York YO10 5DD. Maps and directions.

Registration and fees:

To register for the conference please complete the registration form (Word, pdf) and send it as an email attachment to the local organisers at corpusworkshop2009@events.york.ac.uk by Friday 30 October 2009. There is no registration fee for members of the Philological Society; fees will be waived for individuals who join the Society on the day. The membership application form is available from www.philsoc.org.uk/membership.asp. Membership subscription is £10pa, or £10 for five years for student associate members. For non–members, the fees are £5 for staff, £2 for students. Please pay in cash at the conference registration. Fees include lunch and tea but not dinner.

Travel Bursaries:

The Society intends to offer some travel grants to enable students to attend this event. If you would like to apply for funding, please contact the Hon. Treasurer, Dr Philip Durkin, by email to treasurer@philsoc.org.uk by Saturday 24 October 2009; ask your supervisor to write to him in support of your application.


You may be able to obtain accommodation on the university campus, which is the nearest possible option to conference venue, via the York Accommodations Office. Alternatively, a recommended and inexpensive guesthouse in central York, on the direct bus route to campus, is The Bar Convent. Other accommodation options in central York can be found here.

Further information:

Please contact the local organisers.

Local organisers: Kaj Nyman, Jillian Oddie, Susan Pintzuk, Lisa Roberts, Ann Taylor, Anthony Warner