Monthly Archives: December 2014

Corpus Annotation

This post will illustrate different possible ways to add additional information to your data and builds forth on the tools discussed in my previous post. Corpus annotation makes it possible to retrieve specific data systematically. It might be a bit … Continue reading

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Fluency in an English letter from Queen Wilhemina

Here is Jiayan Xu’s first blogpost: During our visit to the Dutch Family Royal Archives in The Hague, I looked at one of the letters of Queen Wilhemina, intending to see how good her English was at that time. On 23 … Continue reading

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Disappointment strikes: NOT a new letter by Jane Austen

Last week, the Mail Online wrote that a “Previously unseen letter by Jane Austen where she first writes about Pride and Prejudice goes on public display for the first time”.  The letter is described as a “handwritten note, which lay … Continue reading

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Sparroy, Toadelcrancz, Il Giotto, and Goatus esq.

And here is Sopio Zhgenti’s first blogpost: Virginia Woolf’s letters are a fascinating source for many things, but also, as I discovered for her use of nicknames, which we find for many of her correspondents including herself, in the opening … Continue reading

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Children’s letters from EBB

Here is Christel Brouwer’s first blogpost: While looking through the Browning Letters corpus (Baylor) I found two very interesting children’s letters from Elizabeth Barrett Browning (EBB). The first letter was written in 1814 by an 8-year-old EBB, and it contains … Continue reading

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English by Dutch people

Elsewhere in this blog, I’ve described a project which studies this use of English by Late Modern native speakers of Dutch. Here is a very interesting example of such a letter, in a blogpost by Marlies Reitsma, another student in … Continue reading

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Some interesting findings about Capitalization

This is Benjamin Kennicott (1718-1783), a biblical scholar, who took it upon himself in the 1760s to collate Hebrew manuscripts that were written prior to the invention of printing. For this purpose, the sum of £10,000 (around £750,000 in modern … Continue reading

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