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The Research Group for Multidimensional Corpus-Based Studies in English (MuStE)

MuStE is a research group at the University of A Coruña, though some researchers from other institutions (Universitat Jaume I de Castellón, Heidelberg University, National University of Ireland, CESUGA) also collaborate with us. Its members have been developing different projects funded by the University of A Coruña, the Xunta de Galicia and other private entities.

MuStE members study the development of the English language from a variety of perspectives, focusing both on language change and language variation from the Middle Ages to present-day English, resorting mainly to empirical research. Works carried out by the MUSTE group are characterised by mixing traditional philological knowledge together with new approaches.

Among its main research lines the following can be found:

-Discourse analysis in the history of English
-Language change in English: lexical and semantic change
-English morphology and vocabulary
-Register variation and syntax
-Corpus linguistics and corpus compilation
-Language and gender ou discourse and gender

One of the team's major projects is the compilation of the Coruña Corpus of English Scientific Writing, and the development of a tool for corpus linguistics investigation (Coruña Corpus Tool, CCT), in collaboration with the Information Retrieval Lab team at the Department of Computer Science at the University of A Coruña.

The analysis of language change and variation (within particular periods) entails the study of other fields of knowledge and disciplines not entirely classifiable as corpus linguistics proper. Therefore, some incursions in the History of the English-speaking world, the History of Science and other related areas are necessary.

MUSTE members are very active in attending prestigious conferences and publishing. Among the activities of the group, spring seminars to which relevant scholars are invited are periodically held.

Updated by Anabella Barsaglini-Castro 2018/06/21
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