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Colloquia Spring 2015

What Digital Humanities can learn from corpus linguistics:
Annotation as interpretation

Heike Zinsmeister
University of Hamburg

Annotation is a basic hermeneutical method in text-based humanities and beyond, which comes in very different shapes ranging from free-style comments to automatic annotation with standardized tagsets. While it is well established in corpus linguistics to use closed tagsets and to publish the annotated corpus together with its tagging guidelines for reuse by the research community, this is not the case in many other disciplines in Digital Humanities. In this talk, I argue in favor of establishing a general culture of creating reusable, annotated resources in a sustainable way. This includes small-scale studies of manual annotation, as well as the support of digging into big data by means of automatic annotation. A core feature in this endeavor is the Annotation Cycle that supports the process of deriving objective categories from subjective interpretation, which has its origins in machine learning approaches of computational linguistics.


Heike Zinsmeister is a professor for German linguistics and corpus linguistics at the University of Hamburg, Germany. After studying linguistics and philosophy in Stuttgart, Germany, she had worked in computational linguistics research projects for many years with a focus on linguistic annotation and its use. She is currently collaborating with DH researchers from literature and cultural anthropology exploring the merits of annotation.

Monday, March 23, 2015
Hazelbaker Hall, Wells Library Scholars' Commons, Room E159, 4pm
Sponsored by the Catapult Center for Digital Humanities & Computational Analysis of Texts

Title TBD

Amanda Gailey
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

Abstract will be posted as soon as it is available.


Monday, April 13, 2015
Location TBD, 4pm
Sponsored by the Catapult Center for Digital Humanities & Computational Analysis of Texts

Title TBD

Wendell Piez
Piez Consulting Services

Abstract will be posted as soon as it is available.


Monday, April 20, 2015
Location TBD, 4pm
Sponsored by the Catapult Center for Digital Humanities & Computational Analysis of Texts

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