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Lecture Series: Wido van Peursen
February 13 @ 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm
Wido van Peursen is professor at VU University and the initiator of the award-winning SHEBANQ project.
A Statistical Approach to Syntactic Variation. The Case of the Hebrew Bible.
In his talk, Wido van Peursen shows how combining traditional scholarship with a computational approach permits us to explore linguistic variation in the Hebrew Bible or Old Testament from new perspectives. The Old Testament provides a diverse and most compelling field of study. It has a complex composition history that, according to many scholars, stretches out over a period of more than a millennium. Naturally, this corpus of texts presents a great linguistic diversity. For long, researchers have attempted to understand and explain this diversity in all its facets. The promising results of quantitative methods show once more how Digital Humanities can provide a major contribution to an ongoing discussion; respecting, but also improving an honourable scholarly tradition.