Meurman-Solin will remain active in research until the publication of the Helsinki Corpus of Scottish Correspondence (1540-1750) in 2016.
Fields of interest:
- English historical linguistics
- Corpus linguistics
- Linguistic computing
- Syntax and information structure
- Linguistic typology
- Historical dialectology
- Manuscript studies
Currently my research focuses on the expansion of the manuscript-based Corpus of Scottish Correspondence (CSC), 1500-1730. The manual of the annotated part of the CSC is available online http://www.eng.helsinki.fi/varieng/csc/manual (see also the Corpus Resource Database http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/CoRD/corpora/CSC/index.html). I am also involved in preparing an e-volume on the principles and practices of digital editing by writing chapters on the taxonomisation of features of visual prosody in historical manuscripts. My other research interests at the moment are related to interfaces between diachronic syntax, information structure, and the evolution of grammars of prose, for example with reference to the history of connectives and the positioning and functions of nominalisations (see Meurman-Solin 2011, 2012, and the paper “The discourse basis for lexical categories revisited: Nominalisation in epistolary prose”). A recent major achievement is the publication of the volume Information Structure and Syntactic Change in the History of English in the new series Oxford Studies in the History of English by Oxford University Press.
The Corpus of Scottish Correspondence (CSC) will be published by FIN-CLARIN in 2016, and its description is currently available at http://urn.fi/urn:nbn:fi:lb-201411071.