Funded by the Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC), the Encyclopedia of Shakespeare’s language project brings a new method of language research – the corpus approach – into the heart of Shakespearean studies. It affords fresh insights into Shakespeare’s use of language at multiple levels – words, phrases, semantic themes, character profiles and more. In particular, it reveals what Shakespeare’s language meant to the Elizabethans through the analysis of millions of words written by his contemporaries. The two-volume encyclopedia will be published by Bloomsbury. The project will not only share the rich resources it produces to generate the encyclopedia, but enable users to deploy them for their own purposes.