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Title: The emigrant letter digitised : markup and analysis
Author: Moreton, Emma Louise
ISNI:       0000 0004 5371 9967
Awarding Body: University of Birmingham
Current Institution: University of Birmingham
Date of Award: 2016
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Abstract:
The sourcing, preservation and documentation of emigrant letter collections is now gathering pace, with the Internet providing a significant new forum for the dissemination of long-hidden archives. Most existing digital letter collections consist of unannotated versions of original manuscripts. The digitisation process has made the letters more accessible and has also increased their searchability. However, relatively few emigrant letter projects have moved beyond the digitisation stage to exploit text content and enhance usability and searchability through the use of digital technologies. This thesis explores some of the opportunities and challenges of working with digitised historical emigrant letter collections. Essentially, the thesis does two things: first, it uses digital technologies (specifically corpus and computational methods of analysis) to explore the language of emigrant letters, building on the existing body of research – primarily by historians – to offer another way into migrant correspondence; second, it proposes a system of markup for capturing metadata relating to emigrant letters – metadata which can then be used to interconnect resources enabling users to carry out more nuanced and sophisticated searchers. I argue that my proposed system could be widely applied to emigrant letter collections, facilitating much greater interdisciplinary and collaborative analysis of such material than has been undertaken hitherto.
Supervisor: Not available Sponsor: Not available
Qualification Name: Thesis (Ph.D.) Qualification Level: Doctoral
EThOS ID: uk.bl.ethos.675837  DOI: Not available
Keywords: P Philology. Linguistics
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