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Old norse texts and images with morphological analyser in integrated reading environment

The creation of Old Norse Texts and Digitised Images with Morphological Analyser in an Integrated Reading Environment is a landmark achievement and the culmination of 35 months work by CHLT partners working together to produce a fully integrated system. CHLT has made available on the web (i) images of rare and fragile texts alongside (ii) TEI tagged texts (diplomatic and normalised) in XML with (iii) morphological analysis tools within (iv) a digital library environment (cf. and

The morphological analyser is linked to diplomatic and normalised editions of the manuscripts (as well as the Standard Edition texts of the Fornaldar Sagas) which in turn are linked to images of the manuscript pages, and integrated into the CHLT-Perseus Digital Library System, where we have incorporated the morphological analyser and look-up tool; we have also integrated the CHLT Visualisation and Clustering Tool with our Old Norse Texts and Tools. The results of our work breakdown into five sections: (i) Underlying Code - morpho-syntactic parser is 'object oriented' so that the rules set for Old Norse take the form of 'modules' (not hard coded); (ii) Rules - precise for word classes; (iii) Phenomena - strategies for dealing with phenomena unique to Old Norse that increase parser accuracy; (iv) Transcription Guidelines, and (v) Future Work - that builds on CHLT results in National Science Foundation Project.

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