5.0293 Publication: Computer Assisted Textual Studies (1/104)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Wed, 28 Aug 1991 17:13:43 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0293. Wednesday, 28 Aug 1991.

Date: Wed, 28 Aug 1991 12:10:57 -0400
From: mccarty@epas.utoronto.ca (Willard McCarty)
Subject: Announcement of a new series


CCH Working Papers:
An Occasional Series for Computer-Assisted
Textual Studies

Volume 1:
A TACT Exemplar
T. Russon Wooldridge, ed.
with papers by John Bradley, Willard McCarty,
Kenneth B. Steele, and T. Russon Wooldridge

$18.50 (CAN), $16 (US)
from the Centre for Computing in the Humanities
University of Toronto

The Series.

The Centre for Computing in the Humanities, University of
Toronto, takes pleasure in announcing a new series, CCH Working
Papers (CCHWP). CCHWP is intended as a vehicle for the
discussion of computer methodology in the context of research
whose focus is primarily on texts rather than on the machine or
its software. Whether the computer is itself an object of study
or chiefly a tool for it, CCHWP addresses its capabilities for
affecting our understanding of texts. The initial volume,
described below, illustrates the intentions of the series.

CCHWP is an occasional publication, not tied to any fixed
schedule. Each volume contains several related papers or a
single monograph, written in either English or French with a
summary in the other language. Inquiries from potential editors
and authors are welcome; these should be addressed to T. Russon
Wooldridge, Series Editor, CCHWP, Centre for Computing in the
Humanities, at the address given below, or by e-mail to

Volume 1: A TACT Exemplar.

The papers constituting volume 1 were first given at a TACT
workshop held at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities,
University of Toronto, in May 1991. As many will know, TACT is a
microcomputer text retrieval program developed at the University
of Toronto. Growing out of its author's experience of writing a
mainframe concordance program, COGS, it has been influenced by
such software as ARRAS, MTAS, OCP and WordCruncher, but very much
determined in its capabilities by the desiderata of its scholarly
users. John Bradley discusses the evolution of TACT in the first
paper of vol. 1, "TACT Design".

The ability of TACT to take into account highly complex, often
independent, textual structures is discussed in two papers.
Kenneth Steele, in "`The Whole Wealth of thy Wit in an Instant':
TACT and the Explicit Structures of Shakespeare's Plays",
examines the multiple levels of the text of the original quarto
and folio editions of Shakespeare's plays and shows how TACT can
be used to study motifs and vocabulary within or across these
divisions. In "Finding Implicit Patterns in Ovid's Metamorphoses
with TACT", Willard McCarty considers the usefulness of the
program in discovering patterns, based on stories, characters,
themes, images, phrases, sounds and wordplay, in Ovid's poem.

The last paper, "A CALL Application in Vocabulary and Grammar",
presents an application of TACT to computer-assisted language
learning. Russon Wooldridge describes ways in which he uses a
TACT database of a Georges Simenon novel to help students learn
contextual vocabulary and grammar.

Ordering information.

All orders for A TACT Exemplar must be prepaid by cheque or
money-order, $18.50 (CAN) or $16 (US), payable to the Centre for
Computing in the Humanities, at the following address:

Centre for Computing in the Humanities
University of Toronto
Robarts Library
130 St. George Street
Toronto, Ontario M5S 1A5
voice: (416) 978-4238; fax: (416) 978-6519
e-mail: cch@epas.utoronto.ca

Canadian residents should add $1.30 GST (Univ. of Toronto number

Editorial Board of CCHWP.

Series Editor: T. Russon Wooldridge (French, Toronto)
Associate Editor: Willard McCarty (CCH, Toronto)

Members: Brad Inwood (Classics, University of Toronto)
Ian Lancashire (English, University of Toronto)
Stephen R. Reimer (English, University of Alberta)
William G. Winder (French, University of British Columbia)