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LINGUIST List 24.2705

Thu Jul 04 2013

Books: Principles and Practices for the Digital Editing and Annotation of Diachronic Data: Meurman-Solin, Tyrkkö (Eds)

Editor for this issue: Rebekah McClure <rebekahlinguistlist.org>

Date: 28-Jun-2013
From: Tanja Säily <tanja.sailyhelsinki.fi>
Subject: Principles and Practices for the Digital Editing and Annotation of Diachronic Data: Meurman-Solin, Tyrkkö (Eds)
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Title: Principles and Practices for the Digital Editing and Annotation
of Diachronic Data
Series Title: Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in English 14

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: VARIENG, University of Helsinki
http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/


Book URL: http://www.helsinki.fi/varieng/series/volumes/14/


Editor: Anneli Meurman-Solin
Editor: Jukka Tyrkkö

Electronic: ISBN: 0000000000000 Pages: Price: ---- 0 Comment: Please note: open access and no ISBN. ISSN is 1797-4453.


Abstract:

This volume aims to represent a useful and necessary evaluation of the current
state of the art when it comes to a corpus linguistic and philological
perspective to principles and practices of digital editing. While it offers a
window into the evolution of scholarly perspectives in the Research Unit for
Variation, Contacts and Change in English (VARIENG) in Helsinki over the last
two decades, it also reports on work by highly experienced corpus compilers in
some other research communities. Research progresses in ebbs and flows, and it
appears that the time has once again come for paratextual features to be
included in the study of linguistics. Today, the research questions in this
branch of study can be operationalised in terms of searchable metadata and
detailed annotation and taxonomisation of visual features, available for
large-scale diachronic and synchronic studies like never before. At the same
time, however, it is prudent to keep in mind that the new methodologies are
best used in a theoretically and methodologically well-documented and
transparent fashion. The articles in this volume contribute to that end,
highlighting some of the principles the authors and editors have come to
consider useful and the practical applications of those principles in digital
editing.

The general aim of the volume is to remind historical linguists of the
complexity of historical data, part of that complexity perhaps getting lost in
the digitisation process. In the linguistic analysis of historical texts we
constantly draw on our knowledge of the evolution of writing practices in the
various grammars and genre traditions, including how these are reflected in
the material features of writing and printing. The problem is that features
reflecting the culture and practices of writing in the original manuscripts
and early printed texts are either not reproduced at all in the corpora or
remain unannotated in a way that would make this information digitally
retrievable. We think that, in improving diachronic corpora further, a much
wider range of material features should be described, taxonomised, and
annotated and that sophisticated tools should be developed for retrieving this
information as directly linked to linguistic items.

Online publishing in the e-series Studies in Variation, Contacts and Change in
English provides us with an excellent forum for offering a particularly rich
variety of illustrations in discussing the various topics. We hope that these
illustrations will offer useful examples not only for researchers but also for
students in the field of historical linguistics.

Structure and contributors:

Part I: On the Evolution of Three Major Corpus Projects in English Historical
Linguistics
Matti Rissanen & Jukka Tyrkkö
Minna Nevala & Arja Nurmi
Irma Taavitsainen & Päivi Pahta.

Part II: Material Features in Manuscripts, Correspondence, and Trial
Proceedings in Focus
Anneli Meurman-Solin
Terry Walker & Merja Kytö
Anni Sairio & Minna Nevala
Anneli Meurman-Solin.

Part III: Paratextual Properties in Early Printed Title-Pages
R.W. McConchie
Maura Ratia.

Part IV: New Approaches to Digital Editing
Alpo Honkapohja
Anneli Meurman-Solin
Claudia Claridge
Jukka Tyrkkö, Ville Marttila & Carla Suhr.




Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics

Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Latin (lat)
Scots (sco)


Written In: English (eng)

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http://linguistlist.org/pubs/books/get-book.cfm?BookID=66332

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