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Presentation of Corpus Eve

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Corpus Eve : Emergence of the vernacular in Europe is an electronic journal of the University of Savoie (Chambéry – France), created by Sabine Lardon in the LLS Research Center (Languages, Literature, Society).

The journal is related to Babel Eve Research Project, directed by the GADGES Research Team (Groupe d’Analyse de la Dynamique des Genres et des Styles) of the CEDFL Research Center (Centre d’Étude des Dynamiques et des Frontières Littéraires) of the University Jean Moulin – Lyon 3, with contributions from scholars in the University of Savoie, the University Grenoble III – Stendhal, the University degli studi di Torino, the University degli Studi di Milano and the University of Piemont Orientale.

Scientific content

Corpus Eve: Emergence of the vernacular in Europe is a multilingual electronic journal with a thematic classification that aims to provide a corpus of documents relating to the development of vernacular languages in Europe from the earliest surviving texts to the late seventeenth century, by means of both a multidisciplinary (history, language history, legal history and institutions, literature, history of science, religious history, music history) and a multilingual (English, German, Spanish, French, Italian) approach.


These documents are freely accessible without any restriction. We wish to enable any scholar working on the vernacular to benefit from the databases provided by related disciplines through studies, a corpus of documents and texts, or bibliographic databases established by specialists.

Articles can be submitted in German, English, Spanish, French and Italian. Authors may also offer them translated into more than one language.


There are three principal approaches.

1. The establishment of a corpus of annotated texts and documents showing the significant use of the vernacular from the Middle Ages to the late seventeenth century, selected for their metalinguistic content (for instance the defence of vernacular language). The aim is to provide a corpus of documents including unpublished, rare or scattered texts. Texts are copied according to a scientific protocol, accompanied by a scholarly presentation including a short biography of the author, notes about the context, comments on their linguistic interest, textual and critical bibliographies. As part of the textual bibliography, a census of copies owned by libraries (on national, European or global scale) is encouraged.

2. A collection of articles or synthetic studies dealing with one of the vernacular fields (history, legal history, history of language, literature, history of science, religious history, music history) or discussing an issue that may arise in any of these areas. Articles may include a critical bibliography.

3. A set of bibliographic databases dealing with texts (corpus) or research material. Textual bibliographies are encouraged and must be accompanied by a critical introduction (a list of books or manuscripts owned by libraries – on a national, European or global scale - is also encouraged).


Articles for Corpus Eve journal may be submitted by the work of the participants to the Babel Eve project who can propose projects related to the history of the vernacular language in one of the different fields and disciplines involved. Researchers can work alone, together, or in a team. A scholar can create his own team or project within Babel Eve. No attachment to a Research Centre is required. In this project, the work of young scholars is encouraged.

The journal also publishes works that can be submitted (article, thesis) to us independently by scholars or by invitation, where scholars may be asked to contribute a specific study because of their particular expertise.

The journal could also publish conference proceedings or research sessions or the work of an external research team (which could be assigned a specific commission in order to enhance its activity).

Evaluation by the International Advisory Committee

All work is subjected to a double assessment by the International Advisory Committee (conference proceedings are considered and evaluated as a whole).

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