All publications
  2017 - Doctoral thesis 1 (Research UU / Graduation UU)
Gordon, M.S. (21.11.2017). The urban vernacular of Late Medieval and Renaissance Bristol. (459 p.). LOT ; 476.
  2016 - Paper
Gordon, M.S. (02.09.2016). The prospects and challenges of historical sociolinguistic corpus research: tracing supra-local forms in Late Medieval and Early Modern Bristol.
  2016 - Workshop, seminar, course
Gordon, M.S. (02.09.2016) Organiser Big data and bad data: challenges of quantitative and qualitative research methods in linguistics Lausanne (02.09.2016 - 03.09.2016) Big data and bad data: challenges of quantitative and qualitative research methods in linguistics
Gordon, M.S. (22.04.2016) Participant Urbanisation in the Bristish Isles: a historical and interdisciplinary perspective Lausanne (22.04.2016 - 23.04.2016)
  2016 - Invited talk
Gordon, M.S. (07.10.2016) Invited speaker University of Zurich Tracing supra-local forms in the Urban Vernacular of Late Medieval and Renaissance Bristol: The story of þ and th
  2015 - Lectures
M.S. Gordon (05.06.2015) DSNA-20 & SHEL-9
M.S. Gordon (07.09.2015) Interdisciplinary perspectives on the North of England in the later Middle Ages
M.S. Gordon (13.01.2015) LOT winterschool 2015
M.S. Gordon (10.02.2015) NIAS workshop
  2015 - Poster
Gordon, M.S. (03.09.2015). The relative importance of an urban vernacular: relativizers in early modern Bristolian.
  2014 - Book parts / chapters
Auer, Anita, Gordon, Mo, Miko, Laitinen, & Fairman, T. (2014). Challenges, Solutions and Prospects in Creating an Electronic Corpus of Letters of Artisans and the Labouring Poor (England, c. 1750‐1835). In Kristin Davidse, Caroline Gentens, Ditte Kimps & Lieven Vandelanotten (Eds.), Recent Advances in Corpus Linguistics - Developing and Exploiting Corpora Amsterdam: Rodopi.
Auer, Anita, Gordon, Mo & Olson, Michael (2014). English Urban Vernaculars, 1400-1700. the proceedings of the ICAME 34 conference
  2014 - Lectures
M.S. Gordon (27.07.2014) Historical sociolinguistics Network summer school
M.S. Gordon (11.06.2014) mobility, variability and changing literacies in modern times
M.S. Gordon (08.03.2014) Southern Englishes Workshop
M.S. Gordon (07.11.2014) Transcription workshop (HiSoN), 7–8 November 2014,
  2013 - Lectures
M.S. Gordon (31.05.2013) Bilingualism and Text Transmission in Medieval Texts
M.S. Gordon (03.08.2013) Historical sociolinguistics network 7th summerschool
M.S. Gordon (22.05.2013) ICAME conference at the University of Santiago de Compostela, Spain
M.S. Gordon (20.09.2013) Imperial City: Bristol in the world
M.S. Gordon (25.09.2013) Invisible Languages in the Nineteenth Century
M.S. Gordon (16.11.2013) Symposium: Historical Perspectives on English urban vernaculars
M.S. Gordon (29.05.2013) Workshop organisation: Digitising experiences of migration: the development of interconnected letter collections
  2013 - Websites / portals
  2013 - Workshop, seminar, course
Gordon, M.S. (05.09.2013) Participant Language variation and change: celebrating Letters as Loot achievements Leiden (05.09.2013)
Gordon, M.S. (16.11.2013) Organiser Symposium "Historical perspectives on English urban vernaculars" Utrecht University, NL (16.11.2013) Early Modern Bristol and the world: trade and migration
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Completed projects

Emerging Standards: Urbanisation and the Development of Standard English, c. 1400-1700 01.01.2013 to 31.12.2016
General project description

The objective of the project is to illuminate the complex processes involved in the
emergence and development of Standard languages. Individual accounts of emerging Standard languages in, for instance, Early Modern Europe (cf. Deumert and Vandenbussche, eds., 2003) attach great importance to the role that language policies and authorities with power and prestige play in the standardisation processes (language history “from above”), while more covert factors such as the effects of national and international trade, work migration, and the book trade, have often been marginalised. By using the example of the emergence of Standard English, this project explores the role of such factors in the origin and spread of a formal written Standard. To this end, a novel inter-disciplinary approach will be applied that combines historical linguistics, socioeconomic history and textual history. As this project explores an alternative history of language standardisation in England, the focus that was traditionally on the pre-eminent urban community – London - will be shifted to regional centres. More precisely, urban vernaculars of major regional centres with high levels of literacy and text production (manuscripts as well as printed texts from 1476 onwards) will be systematically investigated over the period 1400-1700 with respect to factors such as time, text type, and migration patterns The study focuses on the vernaculars of York (North), Bristol (Southwest), Coventry (West Midlands), and Norwich (East Anglia). A comparison of the results of these longitudinal studies, and results from studies on London English, is expected to (a) clarify our understanding of the origin and spread of formal written English, and (b) make a fundamental contribution to the field of language standardisation in general. Moreover, new empirical English data from the period c. 1400-1700 will be made publicly available in the form of electronic corpora.

Details to be found at the project website.

Role Researcher Funding
Utrecht University: en 2e geldstroom
Project members UU
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