Berenike Herrmann: Doing Digital Text Analysis with “Literary” Students: Clash of Cultures or New Beginnings?

, 12:00 pm to

This talk will give an overview of a number of different digital text analysis tools and show how these were introduced to students in four “German literature” seminars at BA/MA level. I will, first, briefly introduce the tools (e.g., AntConc,…

This talk will give an overview of a number of different digital text analysis tools and show how these were introduced to students in four “German literature” seminars at BA/MA level. I will, first, briefly introduce the tools (e.g., AntConc, CATMA, Google Ngram Viewer, MIP, TextGrid Lab, WMatrix), and secondly discuss their incorporation in courses geared towards students without or with little prior training in computing, statistics, or empirical research design. In an overall assessment I will then critically discuss possible applications of digital text analysis tools in teaching, in particular with regard to (a) sustainable results (e.g., an online wiki) and (b) resources (e.g., restrictions in literary corpora published in German). Finally, I will discuss how these topics are relevant both for instruction and digital text research itself.

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