Anthony Kroch is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Pennsylvania, specializing in theoretical and historical syntax. He received his Ph. D. in Linguistics from MIT in 1974 and was a postdoctoral research fellow with William Labov from 1977 to 1979. His historical work has focused on the use of statistical methods to trace the time course of language change and to tease apart the contributions of competing grammars in mixed texts, of which Middle English provides the most extensive extant corpus. He and his collaborators are responsible for the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Middle English (2000) and the Penn-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Early Modern English (2004). Relevant publications include (with Ann Taylor) “Verb-object order in early Middle English,” Diachronic Syntax: Models and Mechanisms, (Oxford University Press); (with Ann Taylor) “Verb movement in Old and Middle English: Dialect variation and Language contact,'' Parameters of Morphosyntactic Change, (Cambridge University Press); and “Reflexes of Grammar in Patterns of Language Change,” Language Variation and Change, vol. 1, no. 3.
Anthony Kroch is a Forum Lecturer at the 2005 LSA Institute.
Syntactic Change | LSA.139
Three Week Course | First Session
The Time Course of Language Change: A Corpus-based Perspective | LSA.237
Three Week Course | Second Session