txs virginia (x2) and linguistic visualization

just wrapped up assisting EAPSU (entirely new to me but great to work with) members with their fall conference which was held at Bloomsburg. This year’s conference theme was English in the Digital Age: Developments in Language, Literacy,and Literature, and among the highlights were the number of undergraduates who not only attended but also weighed in during the Q/A and Jerome McGann‘s keynote and provocative follow-up discussion, which left me thinking at length about borderlands, digital object repositories, and bottom-up institutional change (something José Cruz alluded to in his data-rich & highly illuminating talk at Bloomsburg earlier in the week).

this spring we’ll be hosting another amazing guest from Virginia: Rebecca Wheeler… a scholar whose work – like McGann’s – is foundational, resonates deeply across humanities disciplines, and has profound significance for teachers and researchers and students.

finally — I use Mark Davies’ corpora as often as I can in my linguistics class. i’ve just been prepping to again integrate COHA within my history of the english language course and noted the incredibly awesome visualizations developed, using COHA data, by Martin Hilpert. These interactive graphs track frequency and morphosyntactic change — very, very cool: