Distant, Deep, Thick Reading across Languages: Building towards Inclusive Digital Epistemologies of Text

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  1. 1. Gabriele Salciute Civiliene

    Department of Digital Humanities - King's College London

  2. 2. Geoffroy Noel

    King's Digital Lab - King's College London

  3. 3. Ginestra Ferraro

    King's Digital Lab - King's College London

  4. 4. Natalia Romanova

    King's Digital Lab - King's College London

  5. 5. Arianna Ciula

    King's Digital Lab - King's College London

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While distant reading in one language is relatively straightforward, computation across languages poses epistemo-semiotic challenges. The fundamental problem here is how to cut across many texts in different languages in a way that would yield rich data and narratives about translated texts as socio-cultural artefacts. What cross-linguistic computational text analysis has to overcome, among other things, are technological conformism, linguistic colonialism, and reductive interpretations akin to the lack of ‘thick descriptions’ observed in cultural anthropology (Geertz 1973). In this presentation, the team of the DRaL (Distant Reading across Languages) project will discuss the techniques of modelling translatorial choices with word frequencies and repetition strings as patterns of dynamic behaviour. The context-aware computing is a major concern that drives the project towards building a visually rich narrative as a form of distant/deep/thick reading which would be inclusive of minority languages and their role in the making of global literature.

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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

Conference cancelled due to coronavirus. Online conference held at https://hcommons.org/groups/dh2020/. Data for this conference were initially prepared and cleaned by May Ning.

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Series: ADHO (15)

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