Tino Oudesluijs

Tino is currently a postdoctoral research associate at the University of Manchester, where he works in the project ‘Unlocking the Mary Hamilton Papers’ at the John Rylands Library. His research interests lie in historical (socio)linguistics, language variation and change, (historical) dialectology, language standardisation, corpus linguistics, manuscript studies and letter writing practices.

Tino became part of the EMST project in 2014, when he started his position as Assistant Diplômé and PhD student at the University of Lausanne under the supervision of Anita Auer. In 2019 he successfully defended his thesis on language variation and change in late medieval and early modern Coventry. In it, Tino scrutinised the language of local documents such as council reports, by-laws, official letters and a mayoral diary, and subsequently contextualised his findings in Coventry’s local socio-economic historical background. Tino is particularly interested in how language use varies across different text types, as well as in how external social factors such as migration and trade influenced the use of supra-local linguistic features that would eventually become part of what is now known as Standard English. Similar to Bristol, Coventry held a prominent economic and cultural position in England where many texts were produced between 1400 and 1700, and Tino’s dissertation indicates that its role in the development of a supra-local variety of English was more complex than initially assumed.