This paper investigates the use of will and shall in Older Scots conditional clauses as represented in the Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots, which covers the majority of the Older Scots period with a wide range of texts composed between 1450 and 1700.
In an earlier investigation of the distribution of will and shall according to grammatical person and modal meaning in the Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots (HCOS) I could show that the use of first-person volitional will declines from 1500 to 1700.
It is based on the Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots (HCOS), which covers the period from 1450 to 1700.
Studies Based on the Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots.
The Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots
(HCOS) (1995), compiled by Anneli Meurman-Solin at the University of Helsinki.
Although large-scale corpora such as the BNC contain Scottish material, and although the older period of written language in Scotland is represented by corpora such as the Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots and the Corpus of Scottish Correspondence 1500-1730 (CSC: Meurman-Solin, 2003), until recently no digitised corpus of contemporary Scottish speech and writing existed.
Members of the project team have now begun a new venture, the Corpus of Modern Scottish Writing (1700-1945), which is creating a freely accessible online resource to bridge the gap between the Helsinki Corpus of Older Scots (1450-1700) and the SCOTS corpus (1945-present).