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Breaking Ice between Historical Linguistics and Digital Humanity - Intro

Fellows, colleagues and dear friends,

What a great pleasure to reach the Magic Digital Land after so many years of wandering alone! My name is Olga Scrivner.  I am a doctoral student in French Linguistics at Indiana University and a new CITIZEN of the Digital Land!

While I was at the library reading old paper manuscripts, I was dreaming that ONE day these manuscripts would be all on computer and be more visual than just a collection of lines with words. Could I change ONE day the way we see the historical linguistics?  And HOW?

My wandering took me to the Computational Linguistics and it became my second PhD track. I have undertaken a project of digitizing and annotating Old Occitan from scratch, learning many techniques on the fly: xml, html, java, text processing, postgres etc. This project explores linguistic and non-linguistic approaches to visualization ane I am so thrilled to be part of the DH community at HASTAC. It is an on-going project and I have started blogging so that future historical linguists would not have to wander in the dark for a long time as I did. (Please accept my apologies for style and non-smoothness :), as a first-time blogger)

What about my dissertation? The topic may not sound very interesting "Word Order Change in Latin and Old French", but I am also looking at different ways of visualizating language data through experiments with various graphs and plots, ex. cluster analysis or forest trees. Still learning many great visual packages in R.

Finally, my interest outside the PhD work is ANIMATION and GAMIFICATION in language teaching. This is totally new field for me and I am looking forward meeting some language gamers.




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