Mapping Topic Evolution Across Poetic Traditions

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  1. 1. Petr Plecháč

    Czech Academy of Sciences

  2. 2. Thomas Nikolaus Haider

    Max Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Universität Stuttgart

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Poetic traditions across languages evolved differently, but we find that certain semantic topics occur in several of them, albeit sometimes with temporal delay, or with diverging trajectories over time. We apply Latent Dirichlet allocation (LDA) to poetry corpora of four languages, i.e. German (52k poems), English (85k poems), Russian (18k poems), and Czech (80k poems). We try to align and interpret salient topics and their trend over time (1600–1925 A.D.), showing similarities and disparities across poetic traditions with a few select topics, and use the trajectories of topics over time to pinpoint specific literary epochs.

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Conference Info

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ADHO - 2020
"carrefours / intersections"

Hosted at Carleton University, Université d'Ottawa (University of Ottawa)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2020 - July 25, 2020

475 works by 1078 authors indexed

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