Corpus Linguistics and Textual History: A Computer-assisted Interdisciplinary Approach to the Peshiṭta

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P. S. F. van Keulen, W. Th. van Peursen
Uitgeverij Van Gorcum, 2006 - 370 pagina's
Over the years the use of computers for research has become increasingly important in Biblical Studies. However, a combination of computational linguistics with diachronic text-critical and text-historical approaches has hardly ever taken place. Quite often, there is mutual misunderstanding between computational linguistics and more traditional approaches in the field of linguistics and textual analysis. For example, in computer-assisted research of modern text corpora it is common to treat the text as an unequivocal and unidimensional sequence of characters. In Biblical Studies, however, either text is considered an abstraction, the result of a scholarly reconstruction based on the extant textual witnesses. Here a fundamental difference in approach reveals itself.

The present volume tries to overcome the misunderstanding between the various disciplines and to establish how a fruitful interaction of information technology, linguistics and textual criticism, can contribute to the analysis of ancient texts. It addresses questions concerning the confrontation between synchronic and diachronic approaches, the role of linguistic analysis in the interpretation of texts, and the interaction of linguistic theory and the analysis of linguistic data.

The first section of this volume contains the papers presented at the CALAP seminar 2003. In the second section different aspects of the interdisciplinary analysis are applied to a selected passage from the Peshitta of Kings.
 

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An Interdisciplinary Debate between Textual Criticism
13
How to Transfer the Research Questions into Linguistic Data
45
Basic Parameters
85
Response to A Discourse on Method by Hendrik Jan Bosman
115
Balancing
123
A Dean Forbes
129
Janet W
155
Comments on Three Approaches to the Tripartite Nominal
175
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19 Word Level Analysis
271
19 Some Results of a Structured Hierarchical Approach
277
Building
311
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Exegetical and TextHistorical Differences from the MT in
333
The Peshitta of 1 Kings 219 from a Linguistic
345
Index of passages
359

A Response to Three Approaches to the Tripartite Nominal
189
Points of Agreement between the Targum and Peshitta
205
Percy S F van Keulen
237

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Over de auteur (2006)

Percy S.F. van Keulen, Ph.D. (1995), Leiden University, is research fellow at the Peshitta Institute Leiden and author of Manasseh through the Eyes of the Deuteronomists (Leiden 1996) and Two Versions of the Solomon Narrative (Leiden 2004).

Willem Th. van Peursen, Ph.D. (1999), Leiden Unversity, is research fellow at the Peshitta Institute Leiden and author of The Verbal System in the Hebrew text of Ben Sira (Leiden 2003) and Language and Interpretation in the Syriac Text of Ben Sira (Leiden 2007).

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