Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Name Pahta, Päivi
Organisation TAY
Project title Democratization, Mediatization and Language Practices in Britain, 1700–1950
Decision No. 295381
Decision date 03.06.2016
Funding period 01.09.2016 - 31.08.2020
Funding 280 000
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Project description
DEMLANG produces knowledge about the interrelatedness of the sociocultural processes of democratization and mediatization, and language practices in Britain, 1700–1950. The aim is to discover mechanisms operating in the bidirectional relationship between sociocultural change and language change. This relationship will be empirically studied in public and Private texts mediating ideologies and values. Macrolevel analyses with large corpora allow data-driven tracing of changing patterns in lexis, phraseology and syntax and the discovery of statistically significant turning points, while microlevel analyses with philologically well-argued smaller corpora make it possible to uncover the complexity of phenomena and to explain emerging, changing and declining linguistic features with the help of historical background data. The consortium provides the critical mass and complementary areas of expertise required for achieving the theoretically and methodologically challenging aims.