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Associate Professor
Thaisen, Jacob Stig Rønnow { "honorific-suffix": "Associate Professor", "fn": "Thaisen, Jacob Stig Rønnow", "tel": "Telephone: +47 5183 1667", "email": "jacob.thaisen@uis.no" }

Faculty Faculty of Arts and Education
Department Department of Cultural Studies and Languages
Room HG Q-262
Notes Jacob Thaisen, Department of Cultural Studies and Languages, University of Stavanger, 4036 Stavanger, Norway

Biosketch

Jacob Thaisen (Ph.D., 2006) is Associate Professor of Literacy Studies in the Department of Cultural Studies and Languages at the University of Stavanger. He also coordinates one the faculty's two doctoral programmes, the doctoral programme in literacy studies.

Thaisen earned a five-year master's degree?the Danish cand.mag. degree?in English (language) and computational linguistics from the University of Copenhagen. During this time he became involved first in producing a then-new English-Danish dictionary and later, briefly, in building an electronic corpus of Danish historical texts. After studying the history of the English language for a year in what was at that time called the Department of English Language at the University of Glasgow, he worked in commercial machine-supported translation before enrolling on a doctoral programme linked to another electronic publishing project, the Canterbury Tales Project, based in Leicester. From there, Thaisen moved on to what has recently become the Faculty of English at Adam Mickiewicz University, Pozna? and thence the University of Stavanger (2010-).

Thaisen would label himself a philologist. His research has focussed on understanding Middle English spelling practices, especially in relation to scribal copying and textual transmission. He has been seeking to apply techniques from natural language processing on N-gram models of spelling to quantify the similarity between Middle English texts despite their lexical differences, and in 2011 he co-edited a volume of essays addressing spelling and other 'accidentals' in both print and manuscript culture. He is currently involved in the Middle English Scribal Texts Programme and, as a fresh departure, is charting variations in letter-shape in Middle English texts as well as taking part in developing a project on the psycholinguistics of copying a text jointly with Per Henning Uppstad (University of Stavanger) and Joanna Nykiel (University of Silesia). Thaisen has, further, reviewed a number of publications in English historical linguistics and, occasionally, medieval literature. He has taught the History of English, manuscript and textual studies, paleography, sociolinguistics, and writing systems, in addition to general English and writing.

Thaisen is always interested in joint research projects or other collaborative ventures.

Courses taught

Research areas

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Selected publications

Edited Volume

Thaisen, Jacob, and Hanna Rutkowska, eds. Scribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their Texts (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, vol. 33). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 2011

Journal Articles and Book Chapters
Thaisen, Jacob. 'Initial Position in the Middle English Verse Line', under review

Thaisen, Jacob. 'Gamelyn's Place among the Early Exemplars for Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, Neophilologus, 2012. DOI:10.1007/s11061-012-9315-3

Thaisen, Jacob. 'A Probabilistic Analysis of a Middle English Text'. In Digitizing Medieval and Early Modern Material Culture, edited by Brent Nelson and Melissa Terras (New Technologies in Medieval and Renaissance Studies). Tempe: Arizona Center for Medieval and Renaissance Studies, 171-200, 2012. Also available from Iter: Gateway to the Middle Ages and Renaissance at www.itergateway.org

Thaisen, Jacob. 'Adam Pinkhurst's Short and Long Forms'. In Scribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their Texts, edited by Jacob Thaisen and Hanna Rutkowska. (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, vol. 33). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 73-90. 2011

Thaisen, Jacob. 'Statistical Comparison of Middle English Texts: An Interim Report', Kwartalnik Neofilologiczny, vol. 56, no. 3, 205-221. 2009

Thaisen, Jacob and Orietta Da Rold. 'The Linguistic Stratification in the Cambridge University Library Dd Copy of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales', Neuphilologische Mitteilungen, vol. 110, 295-309. 2009

Thaisen, Jacob. 'The Merchant, the Squire, and Gamelyn in the Christ Church Chaucer Manuscript', Notes & Queries, vol. 55, 265-269. 2008

Thaisen, Jacob. 'The Trinity Gower D Scribe's Two Canterbury Tales Manuscripts Revisited'. In Design and Distribution of Late Medieval Manuscripts in England, edited by Margaret Connolly and Linne Mooney. (Manuscript Culture in the British Isles, vol. 1). York: York Medieval Press, 41-60. 2008

Thaisen, Jacob. 'Overlooked Variants in the Orthography of British Library, Additional MS 35,286', Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History, vol. 11, 121-143. 2008

Thaisen, Jacob. 'Orthography, Codicology, and Textual Studies: The Cambridge University Library, Gg.4.27 Canterbury Tales'. Boletín Millares Carlo, vol. 24-25, 379-94. 2005-06

Blake, Norman F. and Jacob Thaisen. 'Spelling's Significance for Textual Studies'. In Worlds of Words: A Tribute to Arne Zettersten, edited by Cay Dollerup. (=Nordic Journal of English Studies, special issue, vol. 3, no. 1), 93-107. 2004

Other Publications
Thaisen, Jacob. 'Obituary: Norman Francis Blake (1934-2012)', English Studies, in press

Thaisen, Jacob and Hanna Rutkowska. 'Introduction'. In Scribes, Printers, and the Accidentals of their Texts, edited by Jacob Thaisen and Hanna Rutkowska (Studies in English Medieval Language and Literature, vol. 33). Frankfurt am Main: Peter Lang, 9-13. 2011

Reviews
Thaisen, Jacob. Review of John Gower: Poetry and Propaganda in Fourteenth-century England, by David Carlson (D. S. Brewer, 2012). English Studies, forthcoming

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of Chaucer and Religion, edited by Helen Phillips (D. S. Brewer, 2010). English Studies, forthcoming

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of The 'Tale of Gamelyn' of the 'Canterbury Tales', by Nila Vázquez (Edwin Mellen Press, 2010). Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, in press

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of History of English: A Resource Book for Students, by Dan McIntyre (Routledge, 2009). The Linguist List, vol. 20, no. 1931. 2009. Available at http://linguistlist.org/issues/20/20-1931.html

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of Power Play: The Literature and Politics of Chess in the Late Middle Ages, by Jenny Adams (University of Pennsylvania Press, 2006). Journal of the Early Book Society for the Study of Manuscripts and Printing History, vol. 12, 241-243. 2009

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of Introduction to Old English (2nd edn.), by Peter S. Baker (Blackwell, 2007). The European English Messenger, vol. 18, no. 2, 90-91. 2009

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of French Linguistic Influence in the Cotton Version of 'Mandeville's Travels', by Tibor ?rsi (Tinta Könyvkiadó, 2006). Nordic Journal of English Studies, vol. 7, no. 2, 104-107. 2008

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of Paston Letters and Papers of the Fifteenth Century: Part III, edited by Richard Beadle and Colin Richmond (Oxford University Press for the Early English Text Society, 2006). English Studies, vol. 89, no. 5, 614-615. 2008

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of Ethics and Exemplary Narrative in Chaucer and Gower, by J. Allan Mitchell (D. S. Brewer, 2004). English Studies, vol. 89, no. 3, 364-365. 2008

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of An Introduction to Early Modern English, by Terttu Nevalainen (Edinburgh University Press, 2006). The European English Messenger, vol. 16, no. 1, 73-74. 2007

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of Cultural Encounters in the Romance of Medieval England, edited by Corinne Saunders (D. S. Brewer, 2005). English Studies, vol. 88, no. 3, 363-365. 2007

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of Marriage in Medieval England: Law, Literature and Practice, by Conor McCarthy (Boydell, 2004). English Studies, vol. 87, no. 5, 622-624. 2006

Thaisen, Jacob. Review of The Language of the Chaucer Tradition, by Simon Horobin (D. S. Brewer, 2003). English Studies, vol. 86, no. 2, 188-189. 2005

Acknowledged Contributor
Bordalejo, Barbara, ed. Caxton's 'Canterbury Tales': The British Library Copies on CD-ROM. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2003. Also available as Caxton's 'Canterbury Tales': The British Library Copies: The Online Edition at http://www.bl.uk/treasures/caxton/homepage.html or http://www.cts.dmu.ac.uk/Caxtons. Leicester: De Montfort University; London: The British Library, 2003

Robinson, Peter, ed. 'The Miller's Tale' on CD-ROM. Leicester: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2004

Stenroos, Merja, Martti Mäkinen, Simon Horobin, and Jeremy J. Smith, compilers. The Middle English Grammar Corpus, version 2011.1. Available at http://www.uis.no/research/humanities/the-middle-english-scribal-texts-programme/meg-c/. University of Stavanger, 2008-

Thomas, Paul, ed. 'The Nun's Priest's Tale' on CD-ROM. Birmingham: Scholarly Digital Editions, 2006

Zettersten, Arne and Hanne Lauridsen, eds. Politikens Engelsk-Dansk med Betydningsforklaringer [=Politiken's English-Danish Dictionary with Definitions], 1st edn., 2 vols, 2,271 pp. and 1 CD-ROM. Copenhagen: Politiken, 1999


Current research

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Work experience

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