My doctoral project, titled "Changed perspectives: On modernised punctuation in Middle English texts", focuses on the reliability of editions using modernised punctuation in linguistic research. I undertake a comparative study of ten Middle English prose texts and two modern editions of each text, comparing the use of punctuation and attempting to determine to what degree the editions follow their manuscript in this regard. The study details level of correspondence, considers the number of removals and additions, as well as the modernisation of punctuation marks. Further, the study considers whether added sentence-external marks, i.e. the full stop, the question mark, and the exclamation mark, are supported by textual markers (e.g. capitalisation, colour marking, etc.) in the manuscript.
The project aims to provide insight into the level of adherence in editions with modernised punctuation, ultimately aiming to determine whether such editions may be considered useful in the study of the Middle English language, or if the punctuation in the editions may lead the scholar significantly astray.
I have a bachelor’s degree in English, with a specialisation in linguistics, from the University of Gothenburg, and a master’s degree in the English language from the University of Edinburgh. During my previous education, I have primarily focused on historical linguistics, but have also studied general linguistics, morphology, semantics, and pragmatics.
My main fields of interest are English historical linguistics, Middle English, orthography, and morphology, but I am also interested in historical dialectology, runology, and Proto-Germanic. I also have an interest in Digital Humanities, focusing primarily on problems with spelling variation and punctuation that currently face NLP tools. To pursue this interest, I have become familiar with coding in Python, as well as HTML, XML, and CSS.
I currently run the blog The Historical Linguist Channel and have been a part of its team since the start of the blog in 2017. The blog is aimed at non-linguists, aiming to provide relatively short and easily understood explanations and discussions on historical linguistics. The blog is currently on a hiatus, while I complete my doctoral research.