Over the last few decades, the widespread diffusion of digital technology has increased
availability of primary textual sources, radically changing the everyday life of scholars in
the humanities, who are now able to access, query and process a wealth of empirical evidence
in ways not possible before.
Also for ancient languages, corpora enhanced with increasingly complex layers of metalinguistic
information, such as part-of-speech tagging and syntactic annotation (called
‘treebanks’) are now available. In particular, diachronic treebanks, which provide data for a
language across several historical stages of a given language, allow for a new approach to
diachronic studies of syntactic phenomena where scholars previously had to content themselves
with empirical work on a much smaller scale.
This volume brings together a set of papers that report research on various diachronic matters
supported by evidence from diachronic treebanks. The contents of the papers cover a
wide range of languages, including English, French, Russian, Old Church Slavonic, Latin
and Ancient Greek. Originally published as special issue of Diachronica 35:3 (2018).
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