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...the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev’ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
(Paradise Lost, 1. 286-91)

Shakespeare His Contemporaries

New release of Shakespeare His Contemporaries

I have put a new version of Shakespeare His Contemporaries on Google Drive, where you may or view or download the plays. In this version I have grouped the plays by decades and put them in directories with names like 155, 156 …165. The plays have been encoded in TEI  Simple. The texts are in...

Hannah, Kate, and Lydia at work

While reviewing the work of Hannah, Kate, and Lydia, I enjoyed the precision and concision of their annotations. A sample of them appears below. While a full documentation would require snippets of the image and the transcription as well as the annotation, the annotations themselves clearly show their minds at work, combining clear description with...

Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC): The next release

This is a progress report on the basic clean-up of the 504 plays in my current Shakespeare his Contemporaries corpus (SHC).  I hope to release an updated corpus  by the end of November. It will replace the current corpus at https://github.com/martinmueller39/shc The SHC texts are partially curated versions of the TCP texts, which  have “known...

N-grams, Authorship and Influence: Restoring Thomas Kyd’s Canon

I am delighted to post the following guest  blog by Darren Freebury Jones at Cardiff University. “He was right after all, and the scholars who for a generation now have ignored or sneered at his evidence, sometimes—when they have condescended to mention it—printing the word evidence itself between inverted commas, have not turned out to...

Hannah, Kate, Lydia, and Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC)

In an earlier blog entry I reported about the ways in which undergraduates at Northwestern and Washington University in St. Louis have contributed to the collaborative curation of TCP transcriptions of Early Modern plays. Their work was released on github as the SHC corpus, short for Shakespeare His Contemporaries. Hannah Bredar just graduated from Northwestern...

Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC) Released

In my earlier post “From Shakespeare His Contemporaries to the Book of English” I promised to release all SHC plays “later this spring.” I have now done so, and you may download all 504 of them from https://github.com/martinmueller39/shc.  Most of the texts come from Phase I of the TCP project and have been in the...

Repeated n-grams in Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC)

This is a blog post about the distribution of  a special kind of “dislegomena,” tetragrams and longer n-grams whose “collection frequency” is 2 and whose “document frequency” is also 2. My purpose is to figure out how many swallows make a summer.  If you are interested in the intertextual relationship between one play and another,...

Shakespeare His Contemporaries: a half-time report

Hannah Bredar, Madeline Burg, Melina Yeh, and Nayoon Ahn have been at work for four weeks in their clean-up operation of the Early Modern plays in the TCP archive. Nicole Sheriko helped them in the first week and has since then focused on preparing a Young Scholar Edition of Fair Em. The clean-up operation proceeds...

Shakespeare His Contemporaries: The corpus

  Here is a link to a spreadsheet of the SHC corpus. The plays are ordered by known error rate, from low to high.  For each play, the spreadsheet shows Its filename, derived from the filename in the TCP collection the author the title the date, which is the best estimate of creation rather than...

What is a Young Scholar edition

A Young Scholar edition is a project that fits into the scale of an undergraduate honors project. It will normally take as its point of departure a TEI-P5 version of a TCP text that has been linguistically annotated with MorphAdorner. Like ice skating, it consists of compulsory figures and a free form routine. The two...

How to fix 60,000 errors

  In the ~600 plays that are the target of Shakespeare His Contemporaries (SHC) there are at least 60,000 errors that should be fixed.  Natural Language Processing folks (NLP) may observe at this point that 60,000 errors amount to 0.4% of the total corpus and that they are not worth fixing because any statistical routine...

Shakespeare His Contemporaries

The project “Shakespeare His Contemporaries” will make a systematic effort to harness the energy and imagination of undergraduates as editors and explorers of old plays in new forms. It will begin on Monday June 24 2013, when Hannah Bredar, Madeline Burg, Melina Yeh, Nayoon Ahn, and Nicole Sheriko start an eight-week curation marathon during which...