This news just released: The Life of Words is getting a major boost, in the form of a $150,00 grant from the Ontario Ministry of Research and Innovation, UWaterloo, and St Jerome’s University, to fund my research on poetry and the Oxford English Dictionary.
The Early Researcher Award provides $100,000 in funding from the Ministry (plus $40,000 to my host universities in reimbursements for indirect costs) and $25,000 apiece from UW and St Jerome’s. All the money goes to building up a research team, student training, and outreach to schools.
This is a fantastic development for The Life of Words. Over the next few years it should allow us to complete a first full tagging of Oxford English Dictionary evidence quotations for a limited number of genres (including poetry and verse drama), and develop a number of techniques for analyzing in a systematic way the interchanges between lexicography and English poetry. The plan right now sees a cohort of undergraduate RAs, a Master’s student, and a postdoc later on.
As part of the grant we will also be hosting a UWaterloo St Jerome’s Life of Words competition, open to secondary school students in Ontario. Details to follow.