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Interactive Visual Alignment of Medieval Text Versions

Authors: Wrisley, David Joseph
Jänicke, Stefan
Keywords: visualization;medieval French;text traditions;mouvance;visual analytics
Issue Date: Oct-2017
Citation: “Interactive Visual Alignment of Medieval Text Versions” (with Stefan Jänicke), IEEE Visual Analytics Science and Technology (VAST) Proceedings, Phoenix, Arizona, 1-6 October 2017.
Abstract: Textual criticism consists of the identification and analysis of variant readings among different versions of a text. Being a relatively simple task for modern languages, the collation of medieval text traditions ranges from the complex to the virtually impossible depending on the degree of instability of textual transmission. We present a visual analytics environment that supports computationally aligning such complex textual differences typical of orally inflected medieval poetry. For the purpose of analyzing alignment, we provide interactive visualizations for different text hierarchy levels, specifically, a meso reading view to support investigating repetition and variance at the line level across text segments. In addition to outlining important aspects of our interdisciplinary collaboration, we emphasize the utility of the proposed system by various usage scenarios in medieval French literature.
Rights: open access
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