IMC 2015: Sessions

Session 519: More than Words: New Approaches to Historical Semantics, I

Tuesday 7 July 2015, 09.00-10.30

Sponsor:Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Organisers:Tim Geelhaar, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Roland Scheel, Skandinavisches Seminar, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Moderator/Chair:Tim Geelhaar, Historisches Seminar, Goethe-Universität, Frankfurt am Main
Paper 519-aAlms to the Poor in Merovingian Society?
(Language: English)
Philip Zimmermann, Historisches Seminar, Universität Zürich
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Latin, Political Thought, Social History
Paper 519-bWomen, Communication, and Power in the Language of Carolingian Charters
(Language: English)
Roberta Cimino, Department of History, University of Nottingham
Index terms: Charters and Diplomatics, Computing in Medieval Studies, Political Thought, Women's Studies
Paper 519-cBetween History and Mythological Past: Semantic Change in Saxo Grammaticus's Gesta Danorum
(Language: English)
Roland Scheel, Skandinavisches Seminar, Georg-August-Universität Göttingen
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Historiography - Medieval, Language and Literature - Latin, Language and Literature - Scandinavian
Abstract

The label ‘historical semantics’ covers a large variety of methodological departures and procedures; they all aim at the analysis of the generation, transmission and development of meaning. Hitherto, studies in the development of semantic change on a word-level have only been possible on a micro-semantic level. During the last years, however, computational tools have been developed, which allow new approaches to the analysis and comparison of bigger text corpora. The papers presented in two sections sound out the potential of computerised historical semantics for social history, cultural history as well as the history of linguistics, ideas, and politics.