18.140 historical development of text-analytic tools

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 07:24:25 +0100

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 18, No. 140.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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   [1] From: "Ken Cousins" <kcousins_at_gvpt.umd.edu> (56)
         Subject: Re: 18.136 historical development of text-analytic

   [2] From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk> (27)
         Subject: history of text-analytic tools & methods

         Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 07:16:15 +0100
         From: "Ken Cousins" <kcousins_at_gvpt.umd.edu>
         Subject: Re: 18.136 historical development of text-analytic tools?

Hello Øyvind.

The following might be of use to you:

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I am interested in the historical development of such tools, what were the
aims, how did they change, what were the results. Furthermore, my main
interest is the analysis of texts in a historical context - historians have
not used such software as much as (some groups of) linguists and philologists.

Are any books or articles published about the history of these tools?
Or are there other sources to information about this development?

I am also interested in discussions on reasons why historians are less
interested in using such tools than other researchers.

Ken Cousins
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         Albert Einstein

         Date: Tue, 17 Aug 2004 07:17:27 +0100
         From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty_at_kcl.ac.uk>
         Subject: history of text-analytic tools & methods

Øyvind Eide, in Humanist 18.136, asks about the historical development of
text-analytic tools. This is surely a topic promising one or more very fine
intellectual histories. At one time I made enough of an attempt to glimpse
the potential for the history of the concordance, in "Handmade,
Computer-Assisted, and Electronic Concordances of Chaucer", in
Computer-Assisted Chaucer Studies, ed. Ian Lancashire, CCH Working Papers 3
(Toronto: Centre for Computing in the Humanities, 1993): 49-65, online at
http://www.kcl.ac.uk/humanities/cch/wlm/essays/concordance/. But don't get
your hopes up very far -- I had the opportunity merely to see, in the brief
notes I made there, that a genuine history was possible. I'd guess that the
project would be too much for a PhD dissertation, though a good beginning
could be made that way. The author would probably have to be a medievalist
or be able to function as one, since what since the 13C we would call the
prehistory of the concordance is where the foundations were laid. Asking
what the makers of it at St Jacques (Paris) thought they were doing would
be essential, and the answer that would likely come back would drive one
straight into the earlier history of biblical exegesis.

Then there's the historiographical problem of writing the history (as
opposed to the chronology) of technology -- learning to "read the machine",
as Michael Mahoney says.


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