Interfacing structured and unstructured data in sociolinguistic research on language change/Tekstin ja rakenteisen tiedon yhdistäminen kielenmuutoksen sosiolingvistisessä tutkimuksessa

  • Nevalainen, Terttu (Project manager)
  • Säily, Tanja (Participant)
  • Sairio, Anni (Participant)
  • Kaislaniemi, Samuli (Participant)
  • Mäkelä, Eetu (Participant)
  • Nordlund, Taru (PI)
  • Isokoski, Poika (PI)
  • Siirtola, Harri (Participant)

Project Details


This project seeks to further the sociolinguistic study of language change by developing new tools that will allow us to ask research questions that have previously been too labour-intensive to answer. The computer science tooling will be developed hand in hand with and in response to the needs of primary humanities research, i.e. the diachronic development of English and Finnish.

Specifically, the project will target sociolinguistic variation and change in personal and private writings. In comparison to the printed word, which scholars of linguistic, cultural and social history are increasingly turning to for large amounts of data, manuscript materials give wider access to the varying communicative needs of individuals in the past
Effective start/end date01/01/201631/12/2019

Fields of Science

  • 6121 Languages
  • 213 Electronic, automation and communications engineering, electronics


Research Unit for the Study of Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG)

ben-Aaron, D., Heikkinen, K., Fodor, A., Hall, A., Hintikka, M., Honkapohja, A., Juvonen, T., Kahlas-Tarkka, L., Kaislaniemi, S., Kerttula, S., Kilpinen, P., Kilpiö, M., Korhonen, M., Laitinen, M., Lehto, A., Lähdesmäki, S. M., Marttila, V., Mauranen, A., Mäkinen, M. S., McConchie, R., Meurman-Solin, A., Nevala, M., Nevalainen, T., Nurmi, A., Nuutinen, T., Paananen-Porkka, M., Paatola, U., Pahta, P. I., Palander-Collin, M., Peitsara, K., Ratia, M., Raumolin-Brunberg, H., Rissanen, M., Sairio, A., Sorva, E., Suhr, C., Stenvall, M., Säily, T., Taavitsainen, I., Hiltunen, T., Timofeeva, O., Tissari, H., Tyrkkö, J., Valtonen, I., Vartiainen, T., Vasko, A. & Österman, A.

01/01/2005 → …

Project: Research Evaluation 2011

Research Output

  • 5 Conference contribution
  • 4 Article
  • 3 Chapter

Early mass communication as a standardizing influence? The case of the Book of Common Prayer

Nevalainen, T., 7 Sep 2020, The Multilingual Origins of Standard English. Wright, L. (ed.). Berlin: de Gruyter, p. 239–266 28 p. (Topics in English Linguistics [TiEL]; no. 107).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Using large recent corpora to study language change

Nevalainen, T., Oct 2020, Handbook of Historical Linguistics. Janda, R. D., Joseph, B. D. & Vance, B. (eds.). Hoboken: Wiley Blackwell, Vol. 2. p. 272-290 19 p. (Blackwell Handbooks in Linguistics).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingChapterScientificpeer-review

Wrangling with non-standard data

Mäkelä, E., Lagus, K., Lahti, L., Säily, T., Tolonen, M., Hämäläinen, M., Kaislaniemi, S. & Nevalainen, T., 2020, Proceedings of the Digital Humanities in the Nordic Countries 5th Conference: Riga, Latvia, October 21-23, 2020. Reinsone, S., Skadiņa, I., Baklāne, A. & Daugavietis, J. (eds.). Aachen:, p. 81-96 16 p. (CEUR Workshop Proceedings; vol. 2612).

Research output: Chapter in Book/Report/Conference proceedingConference contributionScientificpeer-review

Open Access


New words in early English letters: How to find them and what they can reveal

Tanja Säily (Speaker), , Eetu Mäkelä (Speaker), & Mika Hämäläinen (Speaker)

7 Nov 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation

Saarland University

Tanja Säily (Visiting researcher)

1 Feb 201929 Mar 2019

Activity: Visiting an external institution typesAcademic visit to other institution

Why "cannot" instead of "can not"? Searching corpora for spelling variation

Taimi Terttu Annikki Nevalainen (Speaker)

4 May 2019

Activity: Talk or presentation typesOral presentation


Best paper award at DHN 2020

Mäkelä, Eetu (Recipient), Lagus, Krista (Recipient), Leo Lahti (Recipient), Säily, Tanja (Recipient), Tolonen, Mikko (Recipient), Hämäläinen, Mika (Recipient), Samuli Kaislaniemi (Recipient) & Nevalainen, Terttu (Recipient), 23 Oct 2020

Prize: Prizes and awards