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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, Walter Scheirer, Roelant Ossewaarde, Shakthi Poornima
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.
Textual Analysis at DHCS 2010
Textual Analysis at DHCS 2010

Recent News

Textual Analysis has just been awarded a Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities Office of Digital Humanities!


Coffee, N., J.-P. Koenig, S. Poornima, C. Forstall, R. Ossewaarde, and S. Jacobson (2013) “The Tesserae Project: Intertextual Analysis of Latin Poetry.” Literary and Linguistic Computing. Forthcoming.
Coffee, N., J.-P. Koenig, S. Poornima, C. Forstall, R. Ossewaarde, and S. Jacobson (2012) “Intertextuality in the Digital Age.” Transactions of the American Philological Association 142.2.
Forstall, C., S. Jacobson, and W. Schierer (2011) “Evidence of Intertextuality: Investigating Paul the Deacon's Angustae Vitae.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 26 (3): 285-296

Conference Presentations

Coffee, N., Koenig, J.-P., Poornima, S., Forstall, C. and Ossewaarde, R.
“The Tesserae Project: Intertextual Analysis of Latin Poetry.”
Digital Humanities 2011, June 19–22, Stanford University
Forstall, C. and Scheirer, W.
“Visualizing sound as functional n-grams in Homeric Greek poetry.”
Digital Humanities 2011, June 19–22, Stanford University
“Aspects of Digital Criticism: Current Research”
E-Poetry 2011, University at Buffalo, May 18–21.
Forstall, C. and Scheirer, W., “A Statistical Stylistic Study of Latin Elegiac Couplets.” View abstract
Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities and Computer Science, Northwestern University
Nov. 21–22, 2010
Forstall, C., Jacobson, S., and Scheirer, W., “Evidence of Intertextuality: Investigating Paul the Deacon’s Angustae Vitae.” View abstract
Digital Humanities 2010, King's College London
July 7–10, 2010

Lecture Series 2012

Searching, Mining, Aligning: Old and New Paradigms for Research in the Classics
Helma Dik, University of Chicago
February 10, 2012
Workshop: What Can Your Corpus Do for You?
Helma Dik, University of Chicago
February 9, 2012
Encapsulating Entropy: Principles of Project Design for the Digital Humanities
Adam Breindel
December 2, 2011
Commercial and Humanities Text Mining: Revealing Technique in Ancient Greek Literature
March Büchler, University of Leipzig
November 22, 2011

Lecture Series 2011

Large-Scale Text Analysis: Measuring Latin Variation in a Million Books
David Bamman, Perseus Project, Tufts University
Friday, April 8, 2011, 4:30PM
Designing Intertextual Search
Chris Forstall, Textual Analysis Working Group
Thursday, March 3, 2011, 3:00PM

Lecture Series 2010

Features, Frequency, and Fusion: Improving Stylistic Analysis for Poetry
Walter Schierer, University of Colorado at Colorado Springs
Thursday, April 1, 2010, 4PM
Digital Vellum: reading and editing digital texts
Neel Smith, College of the Holy Cross
Friday, April 16, 2010, 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, 2010, 3PM
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