Digital Text Analysis Working Group: Dr. Gabriel Viehhauser "Using Phylogenetic Analysis Methods to Produce Digital Editions"

, 12:00 pm to


In Biology, phylogenetic methods are used for the study of evolutionary relationships among groups of organisms. I will talk about possible applications of these methods in digital editions, using material from the 'Parzival'-project, a project of an edition of the medieval 'Parzival'-romance, in which I have been working in for a couple of years at the university of Berne. I will argue why the notion of unrooted trees is particularly useful for the  visualisation of medieval text traditions and I will walk through the steps that are necessary to do such a phylogenetic analysis, showing that there are still some problems to be solved in practical work.