October 9, 2014

Gorman to discuss Greek syntatic analysis methods

Vanessa Gorman will discuss syntax treebanking Oct. 10.

The UNL history department is hosting a lecture featuring Vanessa Gorman, associate professor of history at 3:30 p.m. Oct. 10 in 110 Love Library South. Gorman’s presentation is titled “A Digital Model for Ancient Greek Historiography: Dependency Syntax Treebanking.” The talk is designed for an audience unfamiliar with the Greek language and is free and open to the public.

This presentation, which is designed for an audience unfamiliar with the Greek language, will demonstrate digital methods of philology and syntactic analysis that are currently under development in order to distinguish textual fragments of lost authors from the words of the writers who cite them. This work has far-reaching implications for the field of ancient Greek historiography and studies.

Gorman earned her doctorate in classical studies from the University of Pennsylvania and has taught in the UNL history department since 1993, specializing in Greek and Roman history and Greek historiography. Her first book was “Miletos, the Ornament of Ionia.” Gorman’s new book written in collaboration with her husband, Robert, “Corrupting Luxury in Ancient Greek Literature,” is due out in October. They have developed a new approach to Greek historiography that they are now expanding into a digital project using dependency syntax treebanking. Gorman is an associate editor of the Digital Athenaeus project.

For more information, contact Jeannette Eileen Jones, chair of the history department research committee at jjones11@unl.edu.