1st Edition

The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities

Edited By Svenja Adolphs, Dawn Knight Copyright 2020
    628 Pages
    by Routledge

    628 Pages
    by Routledge

    The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities serves as a reference point for key developments related to the ways in which the digital turn has shaped the study of the English language and of how the resulting methodological approaches have permeated other disciplines. It draws on modern linguistics and discourse analysis for its analytical methods and applies these approaches to the exploration and theorisation of issues within the humanities.

    Divided into three sections, this handbook covers:

    • sources and corpora;

    • analytical approaches;

    • English language at the interface with other areas of research in the digital humanities.

    In covering these areas, more traditional approaches and methodologies in the humanities are recast and research challenges are re-framed through the lens of the digital. The essays in this volume highlight the opportunities for new questions to be asked and long-standing questions to be reconsidered when drawing on the digital in humanities research.

    This is a ground-breaking collection of essays offering incisive and essential reading for anyone with an interest in the English language and digital humanities.


    Chapter 1 Introduction

    Svenja Adolphs and Dawn Knight

    Chapter 2 Spoken Corpora

    Karin Aijmer

    Chapter 3 Written Corpora

    Sheena Gardner and Emma Moreton

    Chapter 4 Digital Interaction

    Jai Mackenzie

    Chapter 5 Multimodality I: Speech, Prosody and Gestures

    Phoebe Lin and Yaoyao Chen

    Chapter 6 Multimodality II: Text and Image

    Sofia Malamatidou

    Chapter 7 Digital Pragmatics of English

    Irma Taavitsainen and Andreas H. Jucker

    Chapter 8 Metaphor

    Wendy Anderson and Elena Semino

    Chapter 9 Grammar

    Anne O'Keeffe and Geraldine Mark

    Chapter 10 Lexis

    Marc Alexander and Fraser Dallachy

    Chapter 11 Ethnography

    Piia Varis

    Chapter 12 Mediated Discourse Analysis

    Rodney H. Jones

    Chapter 13 Critical Discourse Analysis

    Paul Baker and Mark McGlashan

    Chapter 14 Conversation Analysis

    Jack Sidnell and Maria Martika

    Chapter 15 Cross-Cultural Communication

    Eric Friginal and Cassie Dorothy Leymarie

    Chapter 16 Sociolinguistics

    Lars Hinrichs and Axel Bohmann

    Chapter 17 Literary Stylistics

    Michaela Mahlberg and Viola Wiegand

    Chapter 18 Historical Linguistics

    Freek Van de Velde and Peter Petré

    Chapter 19 Forensic Linguistics

    Nicci MacLeod and David Wright

    Chapter 20 Corpus Linguistics

    Gavin Brookes and Tony McEnery

    Chapter 21 English Language and Classics

    Alexandra Trachsel

    Chapter 22 English Language and History

    Ian N. Gregory and Laura L. Paterson

    Chapter 23 English Language and Philosophy

    Jonathon Tallant and James Andow

    Chapter 24 English Language and Multimodal Narrative

    Riki Thompson

    Chapter 25 English Language and Digital Literacies

    Paul Spence

    Chapter 26 English Language and Literature

    Kathy Conklin and Josephine Guy

    Chapter 27 English Language and Digital Health Humanities

    Brian Brown

    Chapter 28 English Language and Public Humanities

    Ben Clarke, Glenn Hadikin, Mario Saraceni, John Williams

    Chapter 29 English Language and Digital Cultural Heritage

    Lorna M. Hughes, Agiatis Benardou and Ann Gow

    Chapter 30 English Language and Social Media

    Caroline Tagg


    Svenja Adolphs is a professor of English Language and Linguistics at the University of Nottingham, UK. Her research interests are in the areas of corpus linguistics (in particular, multimodal spoken corpus linguistics), pragmatics and discourse analysis. She has published widely in these areas, including Introducing Electronic Text Analysis (2006, Routledge), Corpus and Context: Investigating Pragmatics Functions in Spoken Discourse (2008), Introducing Pragmatics in Use (2011, Routledge, with Anne O’Keeffe and Brian Clancy) and Spoken Corpus Linguistics: From Monomodal to Multimodal (2013, Routledge, with Ronald Carter).

    Dawn Knight is a reader in Applied Linguistics at Cardiff University. Her research interests lie in the areas of corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, digital interaction, non-verbal communication and the sociolinguistic contexts of communication. The main contribution of her work has been to pioneer the development of a new research area in applied linguistics: multimodal corpus-based discourse analysis. Dawn is the principal investigator on the ESRC/AHRC-funded CorCenCC (Corpws Cenedlaethol Cymraeg Cyfoes – the National Corpus of Contemporary Welsh) project (2016–2020) and is currently the chair of the British Association of Applied Linguistics (BAAL), representing over one thousand applied linguists within the UK (2018–2021).