Textual analysis

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Textual Analysis
The textual analysis working group is engaged in creating modes of analyzing and presenting texts that aid literary and cultural research.

Lead investigator: Neil Coffee
Group members: Susan G. Cole, Jean-Pierre Koenig, Chris Forstall, Katie Lamberto
Detailed description: The members of the group are engaged in two projects that use basic data mining techniques to better understand and interpret cultural products. The Tesserae Project is a web tool that will present a systematic view of similar phrases in literary texts (beginning with Latin), in order to facilitate research into how authors create meaning through repetition and borrowing from others. Epigraphica Dionysiaca seeks to publish a collection of ancient Greek inscriptions relating to the god Dionysus, with translations, so that these texts can be searched in various ways by those interested in probing more deeply into how this god appeared and was understood in Greek culture. Both projects will require collaboration on how to write search strings for useful textual analysis and how to make tools that invite users and researchers to perform creative and productive investigations.
Planned activities: The working group holds regular meetings.

Recent Events

  • In Summer 2010, research contributed to by one of the members of the working group was presented at Digital Humanities 2010:
Forstall, C., S. Jacobson, and W. Scheirer, “Evidence of Intertextuality: Investigating Paul the Deacon’s Angustae Vitae”.
  • In Spring 2010, the working group held a mini-series of three lectures:
Features, Frequency, and Fusion: Improving Stylistic Analysis for Poetry
Dr. Walter Schierer, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Thursday, April 1, 4PM
Digital Vellum: reading and editing digital texts
Professor Neel Smith, College of the Holy Cross
Friday, April 16, 2PM
Lucan's Vergil and Dionysiac Inscriptions:Results from the DHIB Textual Analysis Working Group
A presentation of latest results and work in progress
Friday, April 23, 3PM
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