Archive for the ‘Arts’ category

Lines of beauty: British Library’s medieval manuscripts go digital – FT.com

February 18th, 2013
(c) Michael Bodian

Beowulf manuscript (c) Michael Bodian

“The British Library aims to digitise its 25,000 medieval manuscripts, so readers around the world can see them. Here are six of the rarest” including the Beowulf manuscript (shown above; photo (c) Michael Bodian). via Lines of beauty: British Library’s medieval manuscripts go digital – FT.com.

Facebook Graph Search with Cypher and Neo4j | Max De Marzi

January 31st, 2013

Facebook Graph Search has given the Graph Database community a simpler way to explain what it is we do and why it matters. I wanted to drive the point home by building a proof of concept of how you could do this with Neo4j. However, I don’t have six months or much experience with NLP (natural language processing). What I do have is Cypher. Cypher is Neo4j’s graph language and it makes it easy to express what we are looking for in the graph. I needed a way to take “natural language” and create Cypher from it. This was going to be a problem.

via Facebook Graph Search with Cypher and Neo4j | Max De Marzi.

The article is an interesting introduction to treetop (a “language for describing languages” used in Semr, a “framework to [support] natural language processing”) and how Mr. De Marzi uses it to create a simple Facebook Graph-like search using Neo4j. Very slick.

UiO linguist makes sensational claim: English is a Scandinavian language

January 24th, 2013

English really isn’t a Germanic language after all, but Scandinavian. Just because it’s easy for Swedes to learn English? Go figure.

Faarlund and his colleague Joseph Emmonds, visiting professor from Palacký University in the Czech Republic, now believe they can prove that English is in reality a Scandinavian language, in other words it belongs to the Northern Germanic language group, just like Norwegian, Danish, Swedish, Icelandic and Faroese. This is totally new and breaks with what other language researchers and the rest of the world believe, namely that English descends directly from Old English. Old English, or Anglo-Saxon, is a West Germanic language, which the Angles and Saxons brought with them from Northern Germany and Southern Jylland when they settled in the British Isles in the fifth century.

via UiO linguist makes sensational claim: English is a Scandinavian language – English (in turn via English is a Scandinavian Language).

And please don’t interchange “Old English” and “Anglo-Saxon.” That’s so 1960s.