Academy of Finland
Funding decision
Applicant / Contact person Tolonen, Mikko
Organisation University of Helsinki
Project title
Rise of commercial society and eighteenth-century publishing
Decision No. 333716
Decision date 28.05.2020
Funding period 01.09.2020 - 31.08.2024
Funding 277 786
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Project description
This Helsinki-based project combines intellectual history, book history and sociolinguistics. It analyses the rise of commercial society in eighteenth-century publishing networks. We study the structure of these networks, linguistically innovative individuals and groups, questions of publishing and readership, and interaction between social and linguistic change. We will chiefly focus on Scottish, transatlantic and French influences on British print media. We will use large bibliographic databases in our research that we have harmonised and enriched e.g. with background information on the individuals. We will link this data for the first time with full-text sources for linguistic analysis. Our methods renew the research culture in history and linguistics, and we will obtain new knowledge about the Enlightenment and the rise of commercial society. Instead of merely focusing on well-known authors, we will identify influencers in data-driven way; these can also be printers or publishers.