|Title / Titel||ARCHER - A Representative Corpus of Historical English Registers|
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|Summary / Zusammenfassung||The project is a collaboration between the English departments of various universities (see external web page).
The corpus consists of both British and American English and includes both written and speech-based registers. The written registers represented in the corpus are newspaper reportage, journals/diaries, letters, fiction prose, legal opinion, medical writing, (other) science writing, advertisements; the speech-based registers represented are drama, fictional conversation, and sermons/homilies.
The principal aim of the ARCHER 3 project is to enhance the representativeness of the corpus by complementing it with suitable new texts. As originally, only every other 50-year period was sampled for the American subcorpus, one major focus of the project is the collection of American texts for the periods 1800-49 and 1900-49. Other important aims of the project are to provide detailed documentation of the texts included in the corpus and syntactic annotation.
The corpus was tagged and parsed at Zürich. Currently, ongoing research (in collaboration with David Denison, University of Manchester) focuses on relative clauses in scientific English.
|Publications / Publikationen||Marianne Hundt. 2004a. 'The passival and the progressive passive – a case study of layering in the English aspect and voice systems.' In: Lindquist, Hans and Christian Mair. Eds. Corpus Approaches to Grammaticalisation in English. Amsterdam and Philadelphia: Benjamins. pp. 79-120.
Marianne Hundt. 2004b. 'Animacy, agency and the spread of the progressive in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century English.' English Language and Linguistics 8.1 (2004): 47-69.Weitere Informationen
|Project leadership and contacts /
Projektleitung und Kontakte
|Other links to external web pages||http://www.llc.manchester.ac.uk/research/projects/archer/|
|Funding source(s) /
|No project-specific funding
|Duration of Project / Projektdauer||Dec 2000 to Dec 2015|