BMBFAs the name suggests, this interdisciplinary team studies the linguistic and literary phenomenon that is text reuse with a particular focus on historical languages. More specifically, we look at how ancient authors copied, alluded to, paraphrased and translated each other as they spread their knowledge in writing. This early career research group seeks to provide a basic understanding of the historical text reuse methodology (it being distinct from plagiarism), and so to study what defines text reuse, why some people reuse information, how text is reused and how this practice has changed over history. We’ll be investigating text reuse on big data or, in other words, datasets that, owing to their size, cannot be manually processed.

While primarily geared towards research, the team also organises events and seminars with the aim of learning more about the activities conducted by our scholarly communities, to broaden our network of collaborations and to simply come together to share our experiences and knowledge. Our Activities page lists our events and we provide project updates via the News section.

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