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CQPweb: Searching for words (part 1)

This video is a direct continuation of the last one (last week) on using CQPweb. Here, Andrew Hardie hones your skills in Word searching, and specifically how to search for …

Big data: EEBO and EEBO-TCP

If there is one major collection of historical writings of all kinds that is worth knowing about, it is Early English Books Online (EEBO). One reason for this is that …

What is a compositor?

The compositor played a crucial role in the early printing process. In fact, the compositor could influence the language of a piece considerably. Compositors’ preferences The compositors (often there was …

Early modern printing: Processes

The processes involved in printing early modern texts had some impact on the language, as we will discuss in the following video. The first step in printing, even today, is …

Early Modern English sentences (part 2)

One of the particular reasons why Shakespeare’s language sounds so Shakespearean, from our point of view, is to do with a particular way in which the parts of a sentence …

Early Modern English adjectives and adverbs

Adjectives are words that often qualify nouns (e.g. “quick” as in “a quick car”), and adverbs are words that often qualify verbs (e.g. “quickly” as in “he drove quickly”). We …

Early Modern English verbs (part 2)

There is much more to be said about verbs, and this is why we return to the topic here. Verbs can be adjusted to express particular meanings. We can say …

Early Modern English pronouns

Pronouns are little words but have big consequences! One of the reasons for that is that pronouns refer to people involved in the speech or writing, including in the fictional …

Early modern English loanwords (part 2)

Following the previous video-talk on English loanwords in general, and Latin in particular, this video-talk focuses on what Shakespeare was doing with those loanwords. Many of Shakespeare’s specific uses reflect …