dhCenter member Francesca Dell’Oro and the WoPoss team has recently published a sample of its annotated corpus for the study of the diachrony of modality in Latin, as well as a user-friendly interface to query it.
The SNSF-funded project, A world of possibilities. Modal pathways over an extra-long period of time: the diachrony of modality in the Latin language (WoPoss) is a digital humanities project formerly hosted by the Section des Sciences du langage et de l’information (Language and Information Science Section) of the University of Lausanne. It is also attached to the Institut des sciences du langage et de la communication (Language Science Insitute, ISLa) of the Université de Neuchâtel.
The project aims to to set up and annotate a balanced corpus of Latin texts from the 3rd century BC to the 7th century in order to study the evolution of lexical and morphological modal markers according to specific guidelines.
A sample of the annotated corpus is now available and the modal passages can be be queried at woposs.unine.ch/form.html. More annotated texts will be made available in the coming months.