Wednesday, March 18, 2015

how to date early Irish manuscripts?

With St. Patrick's day just over, here's something Irish to consider. A group of specialists is working on a grant-funded project to develop methods and software for dating 7th-10th century Irish texts to determine their chronology. This is important to understand if later writer knew about and used early texts. The group will look  at linguistics and language developments within the texts using software and methodologies they will develop. The project is called "Chronologicon Hibernicum – A Probabilistic Chronological Framework for Dating Early Irish Language Developments and Literature" (what a name!) and is funded by a 1.8 million pound grant from the European Research Council (ERC). They hope their completed analyses will be applicable to other ancient manuscript texts internationally. Read more about it here http://www.irishtimes.com/culture/treibh/groundbreaking-research-to-establish-chronology-of-medieval-irish-literature-1.2136957

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