Colloquium: Harry Diakoff

Date(s) - 04/06/2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

4010 JFSB


The Humanities Center, in coordination with the Office of Digital Humanities, welcomes Harry Diakoff as the Colloquium speaker on Thursday, April 6th at 3:00 PM in 4010 JFSB. He will be discussing practical applications for faculty to incorporate digital humanities into their research.

Title: “Online Reading Environments for Historical Languages: Their Relevance for Language Learning in General and their Potential for Research”

The last decade has seen a dramatic increase in the online tools available for studying texts in some of the world’s most significant but challenging languages–those “classical” languages from the formative period of the world’s great cultures: Greek, Latin, and Hebrew, Chinese and Sanskrit, Arabic and Persian; and current progress is being made with Syriac, Armenian, Middle Hebrew, Prakrit and several others. These tools include online dictionaries and grammars, lemmatizers, morphological analyzers, and the like, but in a few cases they have been integrated into comprehensive reading environments such as Alpheios that allow one to read, or at least construe, any texts in those languages that have been appropriately digitized.

These reading environments have proven immensely useful to scholars interested in studying the classical texts themselves, but their potential as personal learning environments is only beginning to be explored and their potential for research into how literacy is acquired and texts are interpreted remains largely untapped. How we might take advantage of these opportunities is the focus of discussion for this colloquium.



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