Emmanuel Van Elverdinghe - Recurrent Pattern Modelling in a Corpus of Armenian Manuscript Colophons

jdmdh:1401 - Journal of Data Mining & Digital Humanities, January 11, 2018, Special Issue on Computer-Aided Processing of Intertextuality in Ancient Languages - https://doi.org/10.46298/jdmdh.1401
Recurrent Pattern Modelling in a Corpus of Armenian Manuscript Colophons

Authors: Emmanuel Van Elverdinghe ORCID-iD

    Colophons of Armenian manuscripts are replete with yet untapped riches. Formulae are not the least among them: these recurrent stereotypical patterns conceal many clues as to the schools and networks of production and diffusion of books in Armenian communities. This paper proposes a methodology for exploiting these sources, as elaborated in the framework of a PhD research project about Armenian colophon formulae. Firstly, the reader is briefly introduced to the corpus of Armenian colophons and then, to the purposes of our project. In the third place, we describe our methodology, relying on lemmatization and modelling of patterns into automata. Fourthly and finally, the whole process is illustrated by a basic case study, the occasion of which is taken to outline the kind of results that can be achieved by combining this methodology with a philologico-historical approach to colophons.


    Volume: Special Issue on Computer-Aided Processing of Intertextuality in Ancient Languages
    Section: Towards a Digital Ecosystem: NLP. Corpus infrastructure. Methods for Retrieving Texts and Computing Text Similarities
    Published on: January 11, 2018
    Accepted on: January 11, 2018
    Submitted on: March 7, 2016
    Keywords: codicology,Unitex,finite state transducers,Armenian colophons,automata,colophon formula,formulaic patterns,lemmatization,manuscript studies,[SHS.LITT] Humanities and Social Sciences/Literature,[SHS.HIST] Humanities and Social Sciences/History

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