Implementing corpus analysis and GIS to examine historical accounts of the English Lake District

Donaldson, Christopher Elliott and Gregory, Ian Norman and Taylor, Joanna Elizabeth (2017) Implementing corpus analysis and GIS to examine historical accounts of the English Lake District. In: Historical atlas. Northeast Asian History Foundation, Seoul, pp. 152-172. ISBN 9788961874564

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Abstract

This paper reports on interdisciplinary research into the automated geographical analysis of historical text corpora. It provides an introduction to this research, which is being completed by two interrelated projects: the European Research Council-funded Spatial Humanities project and the Leverhulme Trust-funded Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities project. In addition to contextualising the work of these projects, the paper introduces a case study that applies collocation analysis, automated geo-parsing, and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The focus of this study is a 1.5 million-word corpus of writing about the English Lake District. This corpus comprises 80 works written between the years 1622 and 1900. In investigating this corpus, we demonstrate how a hybrid geographical and corpus-based methodology can be used to study the application of specific aesthetic terminology in historical writing about the Lakeland region.

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