Lexical Searches for the Arts and Humanities

Principal Investigator: Professor Jeremy Smith, University of Glasgow

The project will investigate new ways of searching online texts in a variety of humanities disciplines. Tools will be developed to exploit and expand the research potential of a unique database developed at Glasgow University, the Historical Thesaurus of English. This resource contains the vocabulary of English (around 650,000 meanings) from the modern period back to Anglo-Saxon times, arranged in detailed semantic categories. Although the test data are English, the methodology could be transferred to other languages where an online thesaurus and text corpora are available.

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