The Routledge Handbook of English Language and Digital Humanities serves as a reference point for key developments related to the ways in which the digital turn has shaped the study of the English language and of how the resulting methodological approaches have permeated other disciplines. It draws on modern linguistics and discourse analysis for its analytical methods and applies these approaches to the exploration and theorisation of issues within the humanities.

Divided into three sections, this handbook covers:

  • sources and corpora;
  • analytical approaches;
  • English language at the interface with other areas of research in the digital humanities.

In covering these areas, more traditional approaches and methodologies in the humanities are recast and research challenges are re-framed through the lens of the digital. The essays in this volume highlight the opportunities for new questions to be asked and long-standing questions to be reconsidered when drawing on the digital in humanities research.

This is a ground-breaking collection of essays offering incisive and essential reading for anyone with an interest in the English language and digital humanities.


chapter 1|4 pages

English language and the digital humanities

BySvenja Adolphs, Dawn Knight

chapter 2|21 pages

Spoken corpora

ByKarin Aijmer

chapter 3|23 pages

Written corpora

BySheena Gardner, Emma Moreton

chapter 4|17 pages

Digital interaction

ByJai Mackenzie

chapter 5|19 pages

Multimodality I

Speech, prosody and gestures
ByPhoebe Lin, Yaoyao Chen

chapter 6|22 pages

Multimodality II

Text and image
BySofia Malamatidou

chapter 7|18 pages

Digital pragmatics of English

ByIrma Taavitsainen, Andreas H. Jucker

chapter 8|18 pages


ByWendy Anderson, Elena Semino

chapter 9|21 pages


ByAnne O’Keeffe, Geraldine Mark

chapter 10|21 pages


ByMarc Alexander, Fraser Dallachy

chapter 11|17 pages


ByPiia Varis

chapter 12|18 pages

Mediated discourse analysis

ByRodney H. Jones

chapter 13|22 pages

Critical discourse analysis

ByPaul Baker, Mark McGlashan

chapter 14|21 pages

Conversation analysis

ByEva Maria Martika, Jack Sidnell

chapter 15|20 pages

Cross-cultural communication

ByEric Friginal, Cassie Dorothy Leymarie

chapter 16|23 pages


ByLars Hinrichs, Axel Bohmann

chapter 17|22 pages

Literary stylistics

ByMichaela Mahlberg, Viola Wiegand

chapter 18|32 pages

Historical linguistics

ByFreek Van de Velde, Peter Petré

chapter 19|18 pages

Forensic linguistics

ByNicci MacLeod, David Wright

chapter 20|27 pages

Corpus linguistics

ByGavin Brookes, Tony McEnery

chapter 21|13 pages

English language and classics

ByAlexandra Trachsel

chapter 22|22 pages

English language and history

Geographical representations of poverty in historical newspapers
ByIan N. Gregory, Laura L. Paterson

chapter 23|16 pages

English language and philosophy

ByJonathan Tallant, James Andow

chapter 24|16 pages

English language and multimodal narrative

ByRiki Thompson

chapter 25|22 pages

English language and digital literacies

ByPaul Spence

chapter 26|17 pages

English language and English literature

New ways of understanding literary language using psycholinguistics
ByKathy Conklin, Josephine Guy

chapter 27|19 pages

English language and digital health humanities

ByBrian Brown

chapter 28|25 pages

English language and public humanities

‘An army of willing volunteers’: analysing the language of online citizen engagement in the humanities
ByBen Clarke, Glenn Hadikin, Mario Saraceni, John Williams

chapter 29|13 pages

English language and digital cultural heritage

ByLorna M. Hughes, Agiatis Benardou, Ann Gow

chapter 30|19 pages

English language and social media

ByCaroline Tagg