Archive for May, 2005

upgrade to Diogenes

Friday, May 20th, 2005

As of version 1.4.0, Diogenes comes with all additional necessary Perl modules pre-installed. This should make it much more straight-forward to install under OS X.

And by the way, Diogenes is free software: you are encouraged to modify, improve, and redistribute it under the terms of the GNU General Public license.

CHLT summary in D-Lib

Monday, May 16th, 2005

See Jeff Rydberg-Cox, “The Cultural Heritage Language Technologies Consortium,” D-Lib Magazine 11.5 (May 2005):

1. Introduction

For the past three years, the Cultural Heritage Language Technologies consortium – situated at eight institutions in four countries – has received funding from the National Science Foundation and the European Commission International Digital Libraries program to engage in research about the most effective ways to apply technologies and techniques from the fields of computational linguistics, natural language processing, and information retrieval technologies to challenges faced by students and scholars who are working with texts written in Greek, Latin, and Old Norse. In its broadest terms, our work has focused in four primary areas: 1) providing access to primary source materials that are often rare and fragile, 2) helping readers understand texts written in difficult languages, 3) enabling researchers to conduct new types of scholarship, and 4) preserving digital resources for the future. Our research has produced concrete results in each of these areas…


Fightin’ words

Monday, May 16th, 2005

Jeff Rydberg-Cox (University of Missouri-Kansas City) has a new study out in Literary and Linguistic Computing, “Talking About Violence: Clustered Participles in the Speeches of Lysias.”

This paper explores the Greek participle and its use in the works of Lysias. I will argue that in Lysias’ works, narrative descriptions of violence are characterized by the unusually frequent use of the participle. I will further show that the association of high participle density and narratives about violence are a subset of a larger pattern relating to use of the participle in Lysias’ works. In this pattern, Lysias uses unusually large numbers of participles: (1) only within the narrative and argumentative sections of the speeches; (2) to structure the work and mark the conclusion of narrative arcs and lines of argument; (3) in their role as a structuring device, these passages also provide immediacy and momentum to the argument or narrative descriptions of events; and (4) to mark a return in subject matter to the case at hand and to focus the attention of the jury on the question that is before them.

Professor Rydberg-Cox makes use of morphological analysis from the Perseus Digital Library and combines the statistical approach of corpus linguistics with social and cultural studies of Athenian rhetoric “to study the question of stylized language and the narrations of violence in Athenian legal works.”

comparative list of programs

Monday, May 9th, 2005

Peter Gainsford has produced a handy comparison of programs fluent in TLG betacode format.

A milestone for the SOL

Friday, May 6th, 2005

The Suda On Line, our networked collaborative editing program for Byzantine lexicography, reached an important milestone this week:

Progress Report (as of May 6, 2005)
Assigned: 17,108 Translated: 16,752 Vetted: 16,752

For the first time, all translated entries have also received at least one pass by an editor (in many cases, multiple passes). Congratulations in particular to David Whitehead and Catharine Roth, who are mostly responsible for bringing the database to such a state of refinement.

There are over 30,000 entries in all, so more volunteers are welcome to participate!