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A parsed linguistic atlas of early Middle English

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationHistorical Dialectology in the Digital Age
EditorsRhona Alcorn, Joanna Kopaczyk, Bettelou Los, Benjamin Molineaux
PublisherEdinburgh University Press
ISBN (Electronic)9781474430562, 9781474430555
ISBN (Print)9781474430531
Publication statusPublished - 31 Jan 2019


We describe a new parsed corpus which enriches material from the Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English (LAEME, Laing 2013–) with explicit annotation of syntactic structure in the format of the Penn Parsed Corpora of Historical English (the PPCHE, Kroch and Taylor 2000; Kroch, Santorini, and Delfs 2004; Kroch, Santorini, and Diertani 2016). This corpus isknown as the Parsed Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English (PLAEME).In the paper, we will introduce the PPCHE format and identify a data gap in the existing Penn-format corpora (Section 2), and then demonstrate how LAEME can fill the data gap(Section 3). Section 4 describes the process of constructing PLAEME from LAEME materials, and Section 5 extends recent studies of Middle English syntax based on the PPCHE to PLAEME data.

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