Slides from SPN Dialogue breakout

Thank you to those who attended my breakout session at THATCampOK2016, “Doing Things with Words: an Update.” Here’s a link to my slide presentation for anyone interested. It might not be terribly useful out of context, but at the least it has links to the tools I discussed and my contact info.

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Tolkien Corpus Project Handout

Tolkien Corpus Project

Selected Bibliography and Resources

Biber, Douglas. “Corpus Linguistics and the Study of Literature: Back to the Future?” Scientific Study of Literature 1.1 (2011): 15-23. .

Corpus Building for the Humanities. Class.  David Evans, University of Nottingham.

Unit I:

Unit 2:

Drout, Michael D. C. “Tolkien’s Prose Style and Its Literary and Rhetorical Effects.” Tolkien Studies: An Annual Scholarly Review 1.1 (2004): 137-62. .

Godwin-Jones, Bob. “Emerging Technologies: Tools and Trends in Corpora Use for Teaching and Learning.” Language Learning & Technology 5.3 (September 2001): 7-12.

Goldstein, Andrew and Ted Underwood.  “What Can Topic Models of PMLA Teach Us About the History of Literary Scholarship?” Journal of Digital Humanities 2.1 (Winter 2012). Online.

Halliday, M. A. K. An Introduction to Functional Grammar. 2nd ed. Oxford: Oxford UP, 1994.

Heuser, Ryan, Long Le-Khac, and Franco Moretti. “Learning to Read Data: Bringing out the Humanistic in the Digital Humanities.” Victorian Studies: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Social, Political, and Cultural Studies 54.1 (2011): 79-86. .

Higgens, Parker. “Another Fair Use Victory for Book Scanning in HathiTrust.” Electronic Frontier Foundation.

Hinneburg, Alexander, Heikki Mannila, Samuli Kaislaniemi, Terttu Nevalainen, and Helena Raumolin-Brunberg. “How to Handle Small Samples: Bootstrap and Bayesian Methods in the Analysis of Linguistic Change.” Literary and Linguistic Computing 22.2 (2007): 137-50.

Hoover, David. “Corpus Stylistics, Stylometry, and the Styles of Henry James.” Style 41.2 (2007): 174-203. .

Hoover, David, Jonathan Culpeper, and Kieran O’Halloran.” Digital Literary Studies: Corpus Approaches to Poetry, Prose, and Drama. Routledge Advances in Corpus Linguistics. 16. New York: Routledge, 2014. Print.

Ibarretxe, Iraide. “What Translation Tells Us About Motion: A Contrastive Study of Typologically Different Languages.” International Journal of English Studies (IJES) 3.2 (2003): 151-76. .

Johansson, Emil. “The LOTR Project.” The Lord of the Rings Project. Web. 15 May 2016. ;

Kiesling, Scott Fabius. “Homosocial Desire in Men’s Talk: Balancing and Recreating Cultural Discourses of Masculinity.” Language in Society 34.5 (2005): 695-726. .

Kirk, Elizabeth D. “‘I Would Rather Have Written in Elvish’: Language, Fiction and the Lord of the Rings.” Novel: A Forum on Fiction 5.1 (1971): 5-18. .

Marcus, Mitchell P., Beatrice Santorini, and Mary Ann Marcinkiewicz. “Building a Large Annotated Corpus of English: The Penn Treebank.” Computational Linguistics 19.2 (1993): 313-30. .

Mosteller, Frederick and David L. Wallace, “Inference in an Authorship Problem.” Journal of the American Statistical Association 58.302 (Jun., 1963): 275-309.

Murphy, Sean. “Now I am alone: A Corpus Stylistics Approach to Shakespearean Soliloquies.” O’Halloran, Kieran. Papers from the Lancaster University Postgraduate Conference in Linguistics & Language Teaching, Vol. 1. Ed. Costas Gabrielator, Richard Slessor, & J. W. Unger.  2007. 66-85.

Nirenburg, Sergei and Victor Raskin, Ontological Semantics. MIT Press, 2004.

O’Halloran, Kieran. “The Subconscious in James Joyce’s ‘Eveline’: A Corpus Stylistic Analysis That Chews on the ‘Fish Hook’.” Language and Literature: Journal of the Poetics and Linguistics Association 16.3 (2007): 227-44. .

Reid, Robin Anne. “Mythology and History: A Stylistic Analysis of The Lord of the Rings.” Style 43.4 (Winter 2001): 517-38.

Slobin, Dan. I. “Relating Narrative Events in Translation.” Perspectives on Language and Language Development: Essays In Honor of Ruth A. Berman. Eds. D. Ravid and H. B. Shyldkrot.  ??  115-129.

Toolan, Michael. “Narrative Progression in the Short Story: First Steps in a Corpus Stylistic Approach.” Narrative 16.2 (2008): 105-20.

Trotta, Joe. “Creativity, Playfulness and Linguistic Carnivalization in James Joyce’s Ulysses.”

Wynne, Martin.  “Stylistics: Corpus Approaches”

Online Resources

British National Corpus.

CIRCOS circular visualization tool,

“Code of Best Practices in Fair Use For Academic and Research Libraries.” Center for Media  and Social Impact.

Drout, Michael, Mark LeBlanc, Michael Kahn, Scott Kleinman. Lexomics.

Journal of Digital Humanities

Lawrence, Anthony. AntCONC.

Leiberman, Mark. “Two Disciplines in Search of Love.” Language Log.

Linguistic Inquiry and Wordcount Tool (LIWC),

Linguistics Stack Exchange (Question and Answer Site)

Literary and Linguistic Computing.

Lu, Denise. “14 Google Tools You Didn’t Know Existed.” Mashable.

Luyckx, Kim, Walter Daelemans, and Edward Vanhoutte. CiteSeer. ” Stylogenetics: Clustering-based stylistic analysis of literary corpora.”

O’Donnell, Mick. UAM Corpus Tool: Text Annotation for the 21st

Online Text Collections in Western European Literature

The Penn Treebank Project

Poetics and Linguistics Association: Corpus Linguistics and literature

Summer Schools: Summer School in English Corpus Linguistics, UCLA

Sunyer, John. “Big Data Meets the Bard.”

TextSTAT Simple Text Analysis Tool,

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Schedule Updated

Here is the schedule with breakout sessions for Friday, May 20.  See you on Friday!


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LA Review of Books series on DH

For those who haven’t yet seen the LA Review of Books series on digital humanities, you might want to take a look at some of those articles/interviews as food for thought going into Friday’s discussions and planning for Saturday’s sessions. There is a main interview series, but there are also related pieces. A mid-series post in their “Cultural Studies” section posited ties between DH and neoliberalism, and that spawned multiple responses, including essays by Juliana Spahr, Richard So, and Andrew Piper, Roopika Risam, and others. Matthew Kirschenbaum also wrote a great piece that refuses to let itself be linked here… but it can be found at under “@mkirschenbaum.”

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Google Earth and Literary Mapping—Breakout Session

Jasmine Mulliken

Visiting Assistant Professor

English, OSU

I would like or this combination-TALK/PLAY session to explore the potentials of using Google Earth or other locative media in literary analysis. For the TALK component, we can use my Mapping Dubliners Project, which maps out the approximately 200 geographical references in James Joyce’s Dubliners, as a lead-in to discuss how maps can inform our interpretation of political and historical themes in literary texts. After looking at some of Google Earth’s functionality in this context, participants can PLAY with Google Earth and experiment with its interface. No prior experience with mapping software is necessary, but participants should be able to download Google Earth on their laptops for the PLAY portion.

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Breakout Session: Beyond Gadgetology: Basic Concepts for Assessing the Limitations of Digital Methods

Thomas Carlson

Department of History, OSU


Description: Humanities scholars are trained to critique power relationships and representations, while technology practitioners are trained to optimize what computers do, but who might think critically about the limitations of applying digital methods to humanities scholarship?  And how might we do that?  The digital world is, by default, very tidy, while the real world is very messy, so to what degree can we use digital methods to investigate the world of human phenomena?  This session will propose a few basic concepts for assessing digital methods, and then we will discuss some common digital approaches in light of the concepts proposed.


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Breakout Session: Oral History and Digital Humanities: Shared Interests

Mary Larson

Associate Dean for Special Collections, OSU Libraries


There are a lot of points of intersection between oral history and digital humanities, and as someone with a foot in both methodologies, I am always interested in discussing the places where they overlap. I’d like to have a conversation with other practitioners about where they see those junctures, whether they are meaningful or superficial, and what the areas of similarity say about where both methodologies are headed – either separately or in tandem. A particular area of discussion might be the idea of curation and how our conceptual understandings of it have been evolving in both oral history and digital humanities.

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Breakout Session: Doing Things with Words: an Update

Liorah Golomb, PhD, MLIS

Associate Professor and Humanities Librarian

Bizzell Memorial Library

University of Oklahoma

401 West Brooks Street, Room 312

Norman, OK 73019



Last year I discussed a project in the works: a computer-assisted analysis of the dialogue of the U.S. television program Supernatural. A year later, the project is still in the works, but much has been learned (and forgotten and relearned). Many hurdles have arisen and some have been overcome. In this session I will discuss the project and the hurdles and briefly demonstrate a few language processing tools such as AntConc, TagAnt, and Voyant Tools 2.0 beta. The hope is that my difficulties will make future projects proceed more smoothly for attendees, and that we can share ways to make complications less complicated.

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Breakout Session Proposal: Visualizing the Semantics of LAUGH

Christian F. Hempelmann
Literature and Languages
Ontological Semantic Technology Lab
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, Texas

This breakout session will introduce participants to a digital humanities project analyzing the semantic components of words for LAUGHING and SMILING in 13 different languages. The material are the original English text and  translations of Ken Kesey’s One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest. The main tools are lexico-semantic word field theory and visualization with circos graphs.



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Breakout Session Proposal – TextSTAT

Robin Anne Reid

Department of Literature and Languages

Texas A&M University-Commerce

Commerce, TX 75429


THATCampOk 2016 Breakout Session: How to Use TextSTAT and Fan Sites

This proposal is for a TEACH session. NOTE: This will be a 2-part breakout session scheduled back-to-back

This session focuses on how to use a free and simple text analysis program called TextSTAT that I have been using several years on digital humanities projects. I define “digital humanities” as using existing (free) programs to develop my literary and cultural studies scholarship. TextSTAT can be used as a simple way to generate data about rhetorical choices on the word and phrase level for textual analysis. The program generates data on word frequency and combinations of words that can be easily exported to several different formats (Word.doc, Excel, .txt, and CVS) for analysis. Moreover, the program is easy to use (compared to other more complex text analysis programs).



Keyword Analysis


Fan sites

Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit

Participants will download the program to their own laptops and notebooks. The session will be primarily hands-on as we work with a text file (a small corpus) to explore the possibilities.

Information about and instructions for using TextSTAT as well as examples of output based on my current project on the reception of Tauriel can be found here:

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