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Lars Hinrichs

PhD 2006, University of Freiburg, Germany

Associate Professor

English Language and Linguistics

Department of English

The University of Texas at Austin

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The fading of WHOM

One project that started with a graduate course in 2017 is the tracking of the increasingly antique relativizer whom over time, using COHA. With the graduate students I produced exploratory statistics. In collaboration with Axel Bohmann, I am now taking a highly multivariate look at the ways in which the receding of WHOM progresses through different genre categories (again, looking at COHA). See our progress report.


A showcase site

I was getting accustomed to digital text analysis in R (for much of it, guided by Julia Silge) when my friend and colleague Doug Bruster asked me if I could demo some of the methods for his honors Shakespeare course. So I put together a demo on analyzing The Taming of the Shrew in a distill website.


Fall teaching: all online

My two Fall 2020 courses, E 310D Intro to Digital Studies and E 323L English as a World Language, will both be taught all-online. They will use a blended synchronous-asynchronous learning mode, which means that there will be occasional class meetings via Zoom in real time, but much of the learning will be completed based on readings, audio and video content, exercises, discussions, etc. I will announce the scheduling of all Zoom meetings at the beginning of the semester to enable students to plan their time.


Release of Handbook of English Linguistics (second edition)

The Handbook of English Linguistics (2nd edition, Wiley), which I coedited, is now listed and available for preorder with a shipping date of Dec. 14th. Here it is at the publisher's website:

The editing process for the new edition took about three years. Working with these fantastic colleagues has been a truly enriching experience! Here is a copy of the table of contents:

Aarts, McMahon, Hinrichs (eds., 2021): The Handbook of English Linguistics (2nd edition)
Digital Studies at UT Austin


Digital Studies at UT Austin

As part of the growing digital studies ecosystem at UT Austin I direct the Digital Studies Graduate Portfolio. Here is the updated info website about the program:


Texas English on the radio

Since the beginning of 2019 I have been a regular guest on the Texas Standard, KUT's weekday news magazine. Together with host David Brown I listen to the voices of well-known Texans and discuss their linguistic style. A collection of all the episodes that have aired so far is available at the link below.


NWAV 49 in Austin

I am currently organizing the 49th meeting of the sociolinguistic conference "New Ways of Analyzing Variation", NWAV 49. There is a lot of information about the conference at its website, And the history of the conference is discussed here.

On the importance of textual studies to linguistic research.