Tuesday, 30 October, 4.00-5 pm: Marieke Meelen

From [Ab]guidaur to App: where computational and historical linguistics come together

Venue: Van Eyckhof 2, room 1

Some 1300 years ago, a Welsh monk decided to write down complex calculations about the exact dates for Easter in his mother tongue. This so-called Computus became one of the oldest surviving fragments in the history of the Welsh language. In the course of history, the word order in the Welsh language seems to have changed from verb-initial in the Computus to verb-second in Middle Welsh tales, eventually evolving to the Modern Welsh VSO order. In this talk I will return to the very beginning of that language exploring how recent developments in computational linguistics can give more insight into both the oldest fragments and the latest changes in the Welsh linguistic corpus.