The Research Group DING (Dialectología Inglesa y Diacronía Inglesa / English Dialectology and the History of the English Language) was created in 2009 at the University of Salamanca by Drs. María F. García-Bermejo Giner, Pilar Sánchez-García and Javier Ruano-García. Our research is concerned with regional dialect variation in the history of the English language, especially from the sixteenth century. We seek to cast some light upon the history of regional English(es) from a variety of perspectives and frameworks, including dialectology, sociolinguistics, lexicography and corpus linguistics. Our areas of interest and investigation thus comprise:
One of the most visible outputs of the group so far has been the compilation of The Salamanca Corpus, which is the first digital archive of historical English dialect texts (1500-1950). At present, DING counts with the external collaboration of experts in our lines of investigation from other Spanish and European universities, including Bergen, Complutense de Madrid, Liverpool and Murcia. We are happy to welcome collaborations from other colleagues working on these and related areas, as well as PhD students interested in regional dialect variation of the past.