This subproject will investigate computational methods for detecting the appropriation of new knowledge in chronicles. Semantic processing techniques will be applied to detect when and how the authors of chronicles explored and acquired new knowledge. The main research questions are: Which linguistic phenomena are indicative of the expression of novelty and appropriation of knowledge in early modern chronicles? and How can these phenomena be identified automatically in passages of text where they occur? 

The methods that will be applied (factuality profiling, attribution detection, modality and hedge processing, topic modelling) have already been tested for modern English and some of them have also been applied to Dutch. 

Researcher: Roser Morante