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Full Title: Medieval Big Data: the Present and Future of Medieval Text Archives

      
Short Title: Medieval Big Data
Location: Dublin, Ireland
Start Date: 27-Jun-2017 - 28-Jun-2017
Contact: Mark Faulkner
Meeting Email: click here to access email
Meeting Description: The last thirty years have seen the production of numerous large archives of medieval English texts, including the Dictionary of Old English Corpus (c. 3 million words), the York-Toronto-Helsinki Parsed Corpus of Old English Prose (c. 1.4 million words), the Manchester Eleventh Century Spellings Database (c. 300,000 words), the Linguistic Atlas of Early Middle English (c. 650,000 words) and the Corpus of Middle English Prose and Verse (c. 5 million words). Since each of these freestanding corpora was built for a different purpose, there is minimal interoperability, and the user must learn separate user interfaces and search protocols for each. Their extraordinary collective power as a tool for cultural, historical, literary and linguistic analyses thus remains to be exploited. Early publications using the materials produced by the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) have shown the revolutionary power of big data to reconfigure our understanding of the early modern, print past. This colloquium seeks to catalyse a similarly radical transformation in the possible methodologies for the study of the medieval period, by encouraging collaboration to increase the use and utility of existing text archives and setting a blueprint for their future development.
Linguistic Subfield: Historical Linguistics; Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language: English, Old; English, Middle
LL Issue: 28.548


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