Grant winners – 11 February 2016

A round-up of recent recipients of research council cash

February 11, 2016
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Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council

Non-classical paramagnetic susceptibility and anisotropy in lanthanide coordination complexes: a combined experimental and theoretical study

Leakage-aware design automation (LADA): tools and techniques for software crypto implementations

New routes to driving enzyme-catalysed chemical synthesis using hydrogen gas

Discrete computational modelling of twin screw granulation

Novel chemical cross-linking of the cornea for treatment of keratoconus

Royal Academy of Engineering/Lloyd’s Register Foundation

Research Fellowships

Ultrafast laser-induced nanostructuring: a pathway to advanced optical fibre engineering

Meeting future wireless capacity via secure and energy-efficient small-cell networks

CGrail: unified, optimisable and formally specified C concurrency

Sensing and actuation of nano-scale mechanics in biological systems

Arts and Humanities Research Council

The major minor cinema: the Highlands and Islands film guild (1946-71)

For love or money? Collaboration between amateur and professional theatre

In detail

Award winner: Jonathan Culpeper
Institution: Lancaster University
Value: £1 million

Encyclopaedia of Shakespeare’s Language

“The project investigates Shakespeare’s language, but not simply how it is used to create meanings within Shakespeare,” said Jonathan Culpeper, professor of English language and linguistics at Lancaster University. “It will compare his language with that of a 321 million-word corpus comprising the works of his contemporaries.” Professor Culpeper told Times Higher Education that the UK was a “world leader in corpus-based methods” – using computers to identify language patterns in vast collections of electronic texts. The UK has “generated dictionaries, grammars and more”, he said, but this has “never been done for Shakespeare”. The researchers hope to discover “what is unique about Shakespeare’s language and what it would have meant to his contemporaries” – for example, attitudes towards “love” or “death”, what it means to be “Welsh” or a “harlot”, or even the significance of eating “fish” instead of “beef”.

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