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Project Name: 
Diachronic Corpus of Sumerian Literature
Principal Investigator / Director: 
Marc Van De Mieroop (now at Columbia), Jacob Dahl (from October 2008)
Oxford participants: 
Jacob Dahl (Main Contact)
Other Participants: 
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  • Division: Humanities
  • Unit: Oriental Studies Faculty
  • Sub-Unit: not specified
Start Date: 
End Date: 
Partner organizations (inside or outside Oxford): 
Graham Cunningham (Cambridge)
John Fell Fund
Subject Area: 
Oriental Studies
Project Description: 

The Diachronic Corpus of Sumerian Literature (DCSL) project seeks to establish a web-based corpus of Sumerian literature spanning the entire history of Mesopotamian civilization, over a range of 2500 years. It will make this corpus accessible and searchable on the model now provided by the Electronic Text Corpus of Sumerian Literature (ETCSL). The ultimate research aim of the project is to make the corpus available for analysis in terms of change. Such an analysis hopes to contribute to the study of the intellectual history of Ancient Mesopotamia.

The project received a pump-priming grant from the John Fell OUP fund to begin work on the first stage in creating the corpus, compiling a diachronic catalogue of Sumerian literature. This catalogue displays the distribution of Sumerian literature across both space and time, and provides details of the primary and secondary sources for each composition.

ICT Methods: 
Data CaptureTextual InputManual input and transcription
Data analysisSearching/LinkingSearching and querying
Text AnalysisIndexing
Data structuring and enhancementText EncodingLemmatisation
- -Text encoding - descriptive
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25/06/2015 16:24:50
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