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Researcher

Peter Petré

  • Research interest:Language change. Broad expertise on, mostly, English (all periods, both at the aggregate level and that of individual mental grammars), but also (selectively) Dutch, German, French, and language change generally. Quantitative and qualitative corpus methods, including scripting (Perl), concordancing software, statistics (R), best practices.
  • Keywords:CORPUS LINGUISTICS, COGNITIVE GRAMMAR, GRAMMATICALISATION, PHILOLOGY, ENGLISH LANGUAGE, COGNITION, HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS, Language and literature (incl. information, documentation, library and archive sciences)
  • Disciplines:Language studies, Linguistics, Literary studies, Theory and methodology of linguistics, Other languages and literary studies
  • Research techniques:Language change is researched by processing and analyzing actual language use: compilation of balanced/representative corpora, retrieval of data by means of regular expressions or parsing, analysis of retrieved data along various functional/semantic and formal parameters (both manual and automated), development of customized research to answer specific theoretical challenges.
  • Users of research expertise:Linguists, members of the Digital Humanities community, historians, literary scholars.