Will Help Scholars On International Web Project For Medieval German
Texts And Dictionaries
19, 2001-- A
$250,000 grant from the National Science Foundation will enable
the University of Virginia Library and the University of Trier,
Germany, to post on the Internet some 100 medieval German texts
and several related dictionaries that will help scholars trace the
history of German literature and language.
The award to the U.Va. Librarys
Electronic Text Center (Etext Center) will support the creation
of a Web archive called "Middle High German Interlinked."
The two universities will digitize works from the period of Middle
High German, the predecessor of modern German. That period, from
about the 12th through the 14th centuries, includes noted chivalric
poetry, songs and epics.
"This collaboration between
U.Va. and the University of Trier will show how the Web makes it
easier to deliver complex literary and linguistic electronic files,
thus facilitating more international cooperation," said David
Seaman, director of the Etext Center. "Middle High German Interlinked
will provide a wonderful set of databases."
The project will use XML (Extensible
Markup Language) to create a comprehensive text-archive tightly
integrated into the online dictionaries. The Brothers Grimm, compilers
of the famous "Grimms Fairy Tales," edited one important
19th-century dictionary included in the project.
"Middle High German Interlinked"
will serve as an independent resource to answer research questions
posed by language and literature historians, as well as by those
engaged in the study of Middle High German texts, Seaman said. The
project also will provide links to other
reference works, including dictionaries,
historical grammars, and works concerned with the history of literature.
The U.Va. Etext Center, founded in
1992, was the first electronic center of its kind. It provides Internet
access to thousands of humanities-related texts in some 12 languages.
For more information, visit the centers Web site at http://etext.lib.virginia.edu
Contact: Melissa Norris, (804) 924-4254
or Bob Brickhouse, (804) 924-6856