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ARSEM Report Summary

Project ID: 312458
Funded under: FP7-IDEAS-ERC
Country: United Kingdom

Mid-Term Report Summary - ARSEM (LANGUAGE–PHILOLOGY–CULTURE: Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition)

The research project “Language-Philology-Culture. Arab Cultural Semantics in Transition” funded by the European Research Council (ERC Starting Grant 312458 AR-SEM, 2013 – 2018, explores the pivotal role of language consciousness in the history of Arab culture. The project approaches the semantic history of Arabic as a dynamic process of negotiating meaning and introduces a new dimension to the research on the Arabic language and philology through comprehensive cultural contextualisation. The project focuses on the process of the transmission of Arabic poetry, which provides detailed evidence of the development of Arabic philological thought and its universal significance across various domains of Arab intellectual history. An important outcome which has been achieved during the first stage of the project is the creation of the Analytical Database of Arabic Poetry as a unique and indispensable tool for the research on the semantics of the Arabic language and its historical development. The database documents the transmission of early Arabic poetry and analyses its vocabulary in a systematic way. In addition to lexical data on the vocabulary of the poetical texts, the database implements comprehensive analytical tools and includes information on the intellectual and cultural milieu in which the texts were distributed and transmitted. This feature makes the database useful not just as an innovative digital lexical source, but also as a reference work for wider research on Arabic literature, history and culture. Until now over seven thousand lemmas have been included and analysed in the database. The public online launch of the first version of the database is planed for March 2016.


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Record Number: 183590 / Last updated on: 2016-06-16
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