|Title / Titel||B-Brown - a prequel to the Brown Corpus of American English|
|Abstract (PDF, 14 KB)|
|Summary / Zusammenfassung||The aim of this project is to compile a new corpus of edited American English prose printed in the United States during the calender year 1931 (+/- three years).
The new corpus will extend the chronological span of the Brown corpora, providing an empirical basis for the study of written American English in the first half of the twentieth century. There are not only thirty years between B-Brown (1931) and Brown (1961), but also a disastrous, world-altering event, namely World War II. Therefore it will be particularly interesting to see in how far this might have had an impact on the development of American English. Moreover, empirical data of American English in 1931 can shed new light on recent changes (i.e. grammatical changes revealed by the investigation of the 1961 and 1992 corpora). B-Brown can put these relatively short-term developments into a better perspective, as a third point in time will provide the possibility to reveal, substantiate, or undermine claims about their long-term evolution.
|Keywords / Suchbegriffe||ongoing syntactic change, regional variation|
|Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Funding source(s) /
Collection of raw texts from the Library of Congress, Washington, has been facilitated by the Bundesmittel für Gleichstellung Fund.
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Apr 2006 to Dec 2012|