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Arabische Sprache im Kontext

Festschrift zu Ehren von Eckehard Schulz

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Edited By Beate Backe, Thoralf Hanstein and Kristina Stock

Den Eintritt in den «Ruhestand» von Eckehard Schulz, Professor für Arabische Sprach- und Übersetzungswissenschaft an der Universität Leipzig von 1993 bis 2018, haben nationale und internationale Fachkolleg*innen und Schüler*innen zum Anlass genommen, um in ihren Beiträgen aufzuzeigen, wie relevant die arabische Sprache und vor allem deren angemessene Beherrschung mittlerweile in den verschiedenen Bereichen von Wissenschaft und Praxis geworden sind. Unter Beachtung der aktuellen politischen und sozialen Gegebenheiten erstreckt sich der Kontext von den Teilgebieten der Linguistik – wie z.B. der Übersetzungswissenschaft, Grammatik und Dialektologie – über Politik- und Rechtswissenschaft sowie Didaktik und Ethnologie bis hin zu den Medienwissenschaften und zur Informatik.

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An Exploratory Analysis of a Small Corpus of Spoken Omani Arabic (Jonathan R. Schmid)

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An Exploratory Analysis of aSmall Corpus of Spoken Omani Arabic

Jonathan R. Schmid, Leipzig

Recent times have seen an exponential rise in the amount of recorded words produced per ever-decreasing unit of time. The Internet now poses only a few limitations to anyone who would have their thoughts heard (or read) and while the ease of production and proliferation of all these data might be considered a godsend by their senders and recipients, to the Humanities they present a challenge as much as an opportunity.

Quantitative methods are now finding their way into fields where work has traditionally been qualitative and the term of Digital Humanities has established itself1. The most visible advances at the boundaries of information technology and language have arguably been in statistics-based machine translation, speech synthesis and voice recognition. Other technologies that are perhaps more interesting to the scholar allow analyses of large amounts of text both within and beyond their meta data. Word frequency analysis, stylometric analysis, network analysis, topic modelling and more have advanced to a point that theoretical knowledge is now available in more comprehensible software form2, ready to be used by anyone.

Regrettably, many of the more advanced and involved systems still focus on languages written in Latin script and often on English only. If software is capable of handling other scripts, though, or if software authors or users have gone to great lengths transliterating data into Latin script, a reliance can still be...

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