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Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 29 May Lyda Fens-de Zeeuw (University of Leiden and University of Toronto) will give her presentation: "Where two text corpora meet: The implementation of Hexham’s (1647) A Copious English and Netherduytch Dictionarie (E-D) into (2006-) Lexicons of Early Modern English (LEME) in LIPSIUS/130 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 8 May MA students of the University of Leiden will give presentations. Nienke van Lieshout will present "James Elphinston, an 18th-Century Centipede"; Matthijs Smits, "William Cobbett and the Politics of Grammar"; and Vera Willems, "James Buchanan and Ann Fisher’s A New Grammar" in LIPSIUS/002 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 20 March Mathilde Jansen (Meertens Instituut) will present "’They think we speak Frisian’: dialect levelling on the island of Ameland" in 1168/005 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Top 10 downloaded articles 2008

We are happy to announce that the article "Social network analysis and the eighteenth-century family network: a case study of the Walpole family" by Froukje Henstra ended on the eighth spot in the Top 10 downloaded articles of the Transactions of the Philological Society 2008.

Vivien Law prize

In memory of Dr Vivien Law (1954-2002), and thanks to her generosity, a prize has been established for the best essay submitted on any topic within the history of linguistics. The competition is open to all currently registered students, and to those who have received their PhD or equivalent qualification within the last five years. The prize consists of 100 pounds and publication of the winning essay in the journal Language and History. The prize-winner is also entitled to one year’s free membership of the Society and will receive a free copy of Vivien Law’s The History of Linguistics in Europe from Cambridge University Press.

The closing date for submissions is 30 September. Entries may be written in English, French, or German, and should not exceed 8000 words. Read more »

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On 27 February Andries van Helden (University of Leiden) will present "Vicissitudes of the genitive rule" in 1168/004 from 12:00-13:00. All welcome!

Monthly Lunch Meeting

On Friday 21 November Robin Straaijer (University of Leiden) will give the presentation "From Copy to Corpus: Building and Using the Joseph Priestley Letter Corpus". Building 1167/001a, 12:00-13:00. All welcome! 

Social networking gets medieval

There was an interesting article on social networks that you can access through

Post-doc opportunity at Nottingham Trent

Nottingham Trent University
School of Arts and Humanities
Research Assistant in Early Modern Travel Writing Collections (0.5) £18,710 p.a. pro rata (Grade E)
POST NO: M2327
12 months – Fixed term contract
Clifton Campus
The English Division has an excellent teaching reputation and an internationally recognised research profile awarded a 5 rating in the RAE 2001. We are seeking to appoint a research assistant with the skills and energy to contribute to the planning and production of a new Critical Edition of Richard Hakluyt’s The Principal Navigations, Voyages, Traffiques and Discoveries of the English Nation (3 vols., 1598-1600), under the General Editorship of Dr Daniel Carey (NUI, Galway), Professor Andrew Hadfield (Sussex) and Professor Claire Jowitt (NTU).
The successful candidate will work under the supervision of Professor Jowitt. You will have completed your doctorate and be able to demonstrate the potential of your research and pedagogic interests in the field of Renaissance Travel Writing Collections.
Confidential informal enquiries may be made to Professor Claire Jowitt via e-mail: or the Head of English, Professor Nahem Yousaf via e-mail:
Interview date: Monday 17th November 2008 Closing Date: 27/Oct/2008

PhD Position at the Radboud University Nijmegen

Promovendus Engels (1,0 fte) From bounded to unbounded events: what the rise of the progressive in early Modern English can tell us about the causes of typological shift


Binnen de onderzoeksschool CLS is plaats voor een promovendus Engels die zich bezig zal houden met de historische ontwikkeling van de progressive in het vroegmodern Engels (ca. 1500-1700). De promovendus zal nauw samenwerken met de uitvoerders van het NWO onderzoeksprogramma Syntax and Information Structure: Discourse Options after the Loss of Verb-Second dat op 1 september jl. van start is gegaan, en gebruik zal maken van dezelfde database.



U heeft bij voorkeur een doctoraalexamen/masterdiploma Engels met een taalkundige specialisatie. Ook kandidaten met een taalkundige specialisatie en een doctoraalexamen/ masterdiploma van een andere taal, bijvoorbeeld het Nederlands, of Taalwetenschap, worden nadrukkelijk uitgenodigd te solliciteren. Uw doctoraal/masterspecialisatie is modern-taalkundig, met aantoonbare belangstelling voor historische taalkunde, of historisch-taalkundig met aantoonbare belangstelling voor moderne taalkundige benaderingen. Corpusgebaseerd quantitatief datawerk maakt deel uit van het onderzoek.

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