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N. 13 - 8 ago 2012
ISSN 2037-4801

International info   a cura di Cecilia Migali

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A new way to read ancient texts

Its name is Perseus and it is a digital project  that will deliver a revolution for philologists and students. Conceived and coordinated by Gregory Crane, of the Tufts University of Boston, and approved by the American Neh (National Endowment for the Humanities), Perseus is being conducted in collaboration with Cnr-Computational Linguistics of Pisa (Ilc).
"As the particular competence of the Cnr-Ilc in the development of web applications dedicated to the study of ancient sources, both manuscript and printed, the collaboration has been resumed in order to share each one's competences to extend them in two directions", says Andrea Bozzi, Cnr-Ilc director. "On the one hand, we are developing a specialistic theme addressed to the recovery of the critical apparatus and annotations present on the editions of ancient works, to be converted into digital format through advanced systems, able to recognize characters and for structured data management. On the other hand, we have started a path aimed to the education and didactics which appears in line with the actual conversion tendencies of the Italian school towards technologies and digital contents (multimedia interactive whiteboards, tablets)".
"The first line", explains Bozzi, "is mainly addressed to philologists and text critics who, at least for a significant sample of classic works of huge cultural importance (Greek tragedies, homeric poems, the ancient Latin poetry), will be able to study a big amount of data with methods much more effective than the traditional ones based on paper support. The second one increases the potentiality of non-specialistic fruition since linguistic information (such as grammatical analysis, translation into English and Italian, syntactic structure of single phrases, etc.), will be superimposed on the Greek or Latin text, with remarkable advantages for the learners".
The project is going to be executed for about a year, partly in Pisa, Boston and Berlin.

 

Fonte: Andrea Bozzi, Istituto di linguistica computazionale, Pisa, tel. 050/3152872, email andrea.bozzi@ilc.cnr.it