14.0081 letters

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                    Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 14, No. 81.
           Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

       [1] From: Kathryn Harvey <kharvey@iworks.net> (34)
             Subject: Re: 14.0043 e-editions of letters?

       [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk> (21)
             Subject: love-letters?

             Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 06:02:23 +0100
             From: Kathryn Harvey <kharvey@iworks.net>
             Subject: Re: 14.0043 e-editions of letters?

    I'm writing in response to Charles Faulhaber's query in late May about
    other electronic editions of correspondence being prepared for web-based

    The Thomas Raddall Electronic Archive Project, based at Dalhousie
    University in Halifax, Nova Scotia, is currently about half-way through
    Phase One which will be completed in September 2000. This phase will make
    available, over the Internet, sixty letters dating from 1937 to 1979. More
    letters and other textual and nontextual works will subsequently become
    available as the electronic archive develops. (The Dalhousie University
    Archives holds Raddall's manuscripts, correspondence, diaries, research
    notes, scrapbooks, photographs, etc. as well as his copyrights.)

    The project--directed by Holly Melanson (Assistant University Librarian,
    Collections and Development, Dalhousie University)--is using TEI Lite for
    the SGML-encoding and is in the early stages of developing the delivery

    More about the project and links to information about Thomas Raddall
    himself can be found at
    http://www.library.dal.ca/archives/trela/trela.htm. We would welcome
    discussions with others working on challenges similar to our own!

    Kathryn Harvey

    Dr. Kathryn Harvey
    Project Manager, Thomas Raddall Electronic Archive Project,
            Archives, Killam Memorial Library
            Dalhousie University
            Halifax, Nova Scotia
            Canada B3H 4H8
    SGML Consultant/Developer, Early Modern Literary Studies
            and Internet Shakespeare Editions
    E-mail: kharvey@iworks.net

             Date: Fri, 30 Jun 2000 06:03:49 +0100
             From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk>
             Subject: love-letters?

    Casting about for verbal data on which to do some text-analysis with
    students, I have been looking for a reasonably large collection of
    love-letters but have so far not found any suitable ones. I have
    encountered graphically intense Web pages (flowers, vines, hearts) with a
    few famous letters, but what I'd really like are masses of such things to
    and from ordinary people, or famous, it doesn't matter. The style doesn't
    matter to me either -- they can be sappy, sentimental, agonised, rapturous,
    silly, earthy etc. -- in fact a mixture would be best. They should all be
    in English, though not necessarily recent, better if not all American
    English, but I'll settle for my native dialect/language if I have to :-).
    I'd prefer not to have to do a great deal of cleanup on them. All I'm
    interested in pedagogically is analysis of the language by frequency of
    words and collocates and by nearest neighbours, i.e. simple concordancing.

    Any suggestions on where I might look?


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    Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
    voice: +44 (0)20 7848 2784 fax: +44 (0)20 7848 5081
    <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> <http://ilex.cc.kcl.ac.uk/wlm/>
    maui gratias agere

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