Events/Apr 16, 2021

Simtho: The Syriac Thesaurus Launch

Simtho: The Syriac Thesaurus Launch lead image

Simtho: The Syriac Thesaurus Launch, Institute for Advanced Study via Zoom, April 23, 2021, 12:00 pm (Eastern Time)

Launch of a Syriac textual corpus portal hosted by Sabine Schmidtke and George A. Kiraz from the Institute for Advanced Study.

Simtho is a Syriac corpus search engine with a textual database spanning almost two millennia. A Beta version was revealed at the 2018 AAR/SBL meeting in San Diego with over 6 million words. The upcoming Beta II launch will uncover a textual database of over 13 million words with a new responsive and more attractive user interface.

Team members will discuss various digital humanities and computational linguistics techniques including corpus building, the power of regular expressions, building OCR and HTR models, metadata, and part-of-speech tagging. While these techniques are applied to Syriac, they can be easily transferable to other (especially Semitic) languages. 


Advance registration required.