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dr. tanja kohnen

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Current research projects:

  • Language History & the EFL classroom
  • Early English in India
  • Religious language in Old & Middle English

Research interests:

  • Historical Pragmatics
  • Historical Sociolinguistics
  • Speech Act Theory
  • Corpora & Manuscripts
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Mood & Modality


books & editions

Rütten, Tanja. 2011. How to do things with texts. Patterns of instruction in religious discourse 1350-1700. (English Corpus Linguistics Band 12). Frankfurt/Main: Peter Lang.

Rütten, Tanja (Hg.) 2017. The Philologist's Dilemma - where context meets decontextualisation. Anglistik. International Journal of English Studies, vol. 28 (2017 (1)).

Pahta, Päivi, Arja Nurmi & Tanja Rütten. 2017. Challenging the myth of monolingual corpora. Leiden: Brill.

Lange, Claudia & Tanja Rütten. 2017. "Non-canonical Grammar?!". Zeitschrift für Anglistik und Amerikanistik (special issue). Vol 65 (3).


articles (peer-reviewed)

Kohnen, Tanja & Thomas Kohnen (forthc.). “The language of religious texts”. In: Merja Kytö & Erik Smitterberg (eds.) The New Cambridge History of the English Language. Vol II: Documentation, Data Sources and Modelling. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.

Kohnen, Tanja (2020). "Ex historia lux: Sprachgeschichte, Sprachwandel und Englischunterricht". In: Böhnert, Katharina & Jessica Nowak (Hgg.) Sprachgeschichte in der Schule. Hohengehren: Schneider. 87-110.

Nurmi, Arja & Tanja Rütten (2017). "How many languages are there in a monolingual corpus?". In: Pahta, Päivi, Arja Nurmi & Tanja Rütten. Challenging the myth of monolingual corpora. Leiden: Brill. 1-15.

Rütten, Tanja (2018). "Mining big data - a philologist's perspective". In: Suhr, Carla, Terttu Nevalainen & Irma Taavitsainen (eds.) From Data to Evidence. Leiden: Brill. 151-168.

Rütten, Tanja (2017). "Multilingual practices in the Corpus of English Religious Prose: Annotation and Access". In: Pahta, Päivi, Arja Nurmi & Tanja Rütten. Challenging the myth of monolingual corpora. Leiden: Brill. 153-171.

Rütten, Tanja (2017a). "Sociolinguistic patterns in the Dark Ages - what did Ælfwine do with his prayerbook?" In: Tanja Rütten (Hg.) 2017. The Philologist's Dilemma - where context meets decontextualisation. Anglistik. International Journal of English Studies, vol. 28 (2017 (1)).

Rütten, Tanja (2017b). "Speech, texts and choices from the modal system: mood distribution in Old English sermons." Nordic Journal of English Studies. Special Issue: Texts from Speech and Speech in Texts, ed. by Merja Kytö & Terry Walker.

Rütten, Tanja 2015. "For whom the bell tolls, or: why we predicted the death of the mandative subjunctive." Building Bridges into the Future: Can we predict Linguistic Change?, ed. by Christina Sanchez-Stockhammer. VARIENG e-journal, special issue. Available at:

Rütten, Tanja. 2014. "Comparing apples and oranges - the study of diachronic change based on variant forms". In: Mergenthal, Silvia & Nischik, Reingard (Hgg.): Anglistentag 2013 Konstanz: Proceedings. Trier: Wissenschaftlicher Verlag Trier. 373-385.

Rütten, Tanja. 2013. "Formulae and performativity in Middle English documents". Journal of Historical Pragmatics 14 (2). 285-304.

Rütten, Tanja. 2012. "Early mass communication: the religious domain." In: Nevalainen, Terttu and Elizabeth Closs Traugott (eds.) The Oxford Handbook of the History of English. New York: Oxford University Press. 295-303.

Kohnen, Thomas, Tanja Rütten and Ingvilt Marcoe, 2011. "Early Modern English religious prose: a conservative register?" Proceedings of ICAME 30, ed. by Sebastian Hoffmann, Paul Rayson and Geoffrey Leech, VARIENG e-journal.
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Rütten, Tanja. 2009. "A diachronic perspective on changing routines in texts." In: Andreas H. Jucker, Daniel Schreier and Marianne Hundt (eds.) Corpora: pragmatics and discourse. Papers from the 29th International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora. Amsterdam: Rodopi. 63-82.

Rütten, Tanja, Ingvilt Marcoe, Kirsten Gather and Thomas Kohnen. 2008. The Corpus of English Religious Prose: Introduction.
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Kohnen, Tanja. 2021. "Lilo Moessner. 2020. The History of the Present English Subjunctive: A Corpus-Based Study of Mood and Modality. Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press, xx + 271 pp., 123 tables, 8 figures, £ 85.00." Anglia, vol. 139 (3), 584-587.

Kohnen, Tanja. 2021. Claire Fennell. A Middle English Statute-Book. Part II: Tracts. MET 57. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2019. Stephen Morrison and Jean-Jacques Vincensini. The Middle English Kynge Appolyn of Thyre. MET 58. Transl. by Robert Copland. Heidelberg: Winter Verlag, 2020. Anglistik. International Journal of English Studies, vol. 32 (2).

Rütten. Tanja. 2018. Merja Kytö and Päivi Pahta (eds.). The Cambridge handbook of English historical linguistics. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press. 2016. ISBN: 978-1-107-03935-3. xxv + 624 pp. ICAME Journal 42 (1). 234-239.

Rütten, Tanja. 2012. Franziska Loetz. Dealings with God. From Blasphemers in Early Modern Zurich to a cultural history of religiousness. Ashgate 2009. Journal of Historical Pragmatics 13 (1). 153-157.

Rütten, Tanja. 2012. Ingrid Tieken-Boon van Ostade. The Bishop's Grammar. Robert Lowth and the Rise of Prescriptivism. Oxford University Press 2011. Linguistische Berichte 230/2012, 239-242.

Rütten, Tanja. 2011. Irmgard Lensing. Das Altenglische Heiligenleben. Heidelberg: Winter 2010. Anglistik 22:2. 160-162.


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