Testing a stylometric tool in the study of Middle English documentary texts

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This article is about testing Stylo, a stylometric script for R, in the study of Middle English documents. The main aim of the paper is to be able to discriminate between Middle English documents and document groups with the help of an automatic classification script. The basic assumption is that stylometric tools, and Stylo in particular, may provide new insights into affinity between Middle English texts. In other words, stylometric tools in general help to identify text groups the members of which have something in common in their parentage; Stylo for R is no exception in this.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationNorms and Conventions in the History of English
EditorsBirte Bös, Claudia Claridge
Number of pages18
Place of PublicationAmsterdam
PublisherJohn Benjamins
Publication date2019
ISBN (Print)978-90-272-0324-3
ISBN (Electronic)978-90-272-6246-2
Publication statusPublished - 2019
MoE publication typeA3 Book chapter
Event19th International Conference on English Historical Linguistics - Essen, Germany
Duration: 22.08.201626.08.2016

Publication series

NameCurrent Issues in Linguistic Theory
ISSN (Print)0304-0763


  • 612,1 Languages
  • stylometry
  • corpus linguistics
  • Middle English
  • spelling variation
  • unsupervised analysis
  • text categories
  • genre
  • document


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