13.0164 Qur'an text encoding?

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Mon, 30 Aug 1999 11:23:16 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 13, No. 164.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Mon, 30 Aug 1999 11:13:07 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: Qur'an text encoding?

The following query came to me from a professor of Arabic linguistics at
Haifa, Israel. I told him what I could, then got his permission to pass
the matter on to, I hope, wiser and more experienced heads. Please post
replies to Humanist as well as to Professor Talmon directly.



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>To: Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk
>From: Rafi Talmon <rstalmon@research.haifa.ac.il>
>Dear Prof. McCarty,
>I am turning to you by the advice of my colleague, Dr. Ron Kuzar from the
>department of English at our university. I am professor of Arabic
>linguistics from the department of Arabic at Haifa University. Recently I
>started to create a comprehensive syntactic analysis of the Qur'an. I
>decided to use a computerized database, in which the whole text will be
>encoded according to various parameters. I intend to incorporate in my
>analysis syntactic categories current in modern linguistic, as well as
>syntactic observations of the native medieval Muslim philologers. In
>addition I wish to take into consideration the suggested chronology of the
>various parts of this corpus (traditionally in both Islamic and Orientalist
>studies, the Qur'an was created in portions during a period of some 22
>years, and it reflects the events which Muhammad and his circle(s) of
>believers experienced during this period of time).
>Having heard about your interest in textual encoding in the Humanities, and
>bacause of my total absence of experience with text encoding, I wish to hear
>your advice how to choose the right program for my corpus and modes of
>Thank you in advance for your kind assistance
>Prof. R. Talmon
>Dept. of Arabic, University of Haifa
>Haifa 31905 Israel
>fax: 972 4 8249 710
>tel: 972 4 8340 162 (H)
> 972 4 8249 783 (O)
> 972 4 8249 784/4 8240 061 (Sec)

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