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Humanist Archives: July 8, 2020, 9:23 a.m. Humanist 34.157 - events: detecting shifts in ancient language lexicography

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 157.
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        Date: 2020-07-07 08:34:31+00:00
        From: Paula Granados García 
        Subject: Digital Classicist London: A Digital Metal Detector for Ancient Language Lexicography

Digital Classicist London Seminar 2020
Institute of Classical Studies

Harry Tanner (Galway) In Search of a Digital Metal Detector for Ancient
Language Lexicography: a Case Study on Greek

Friday July 10th at 17:30 (UK time)

Streamed live (and archived indefinitely) at https://youtu.be/EF1LDSePIIg

Word meaning shifts subtly all the time. Tracking these shifts in Greek
is a crucial endeavour for ancient language lexicography, which usually
provides little in the way of a diachronic picture of word shift. But
how can we map expert labelling of word senses change onto computational
models? Here, I will present an overview of the word embeddings approach
to using neural networks to track word meaning shift, with an evaluation
of its strengths and weaknesses. I will also present a means of
evaluating both present and future computational models using numerical
scoring from expert labelling. I will evaluate a run of the mill
Word2Vec model on the ancient Greek BCE corpus, finding that it tracks
low-level drift very well and higher level drift moderately well; I will
conclude with some future directions for research.


Paula Loreto Granados García  |  Digital Humanities Researcher
Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences,
The Open University, Walton Hall, Milton Keynes, MK7 6AA, UK
Tel: 44 (0) 7512367146 | paula.granados-garcia@open.ac.uk

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