Zimmermann in “English Language and Linguistics”

Posted on August 9, 2022 by

Summer time is reading time, and if you’re after reading material, Manchet’s humble recommendation is Richard Zimmermann’s latest paper. The article, published in English Language and Linguistics, is titled “A quantitative model of verb–object order in Middle English with special reference to the prose–poetry distinction”. This paper has everything. It has poetry, numbers, trees, data, models, figures, history, syntax, metaphors and quite a bit of Richard’s unique voice. It seems he can make poems square up, and he can get numbers to rhyme. The paper is available Open Access here.