Interdisciplinary cooperation

We are happy to announce a new joint initiative with the research teams of Prof. Angelika Redder and Prof. Kristin Bührig from the HZSK (Hamburg Centre for Speech Corpora, www.corpora.uni-hamburg.de) at Hamburg University who – among other – are engaged in the linguistic research of narratives. Our joint focus lies on the transdisciplinary and computer aided research of factual and fictional narratives. We are currently preparing a joint workshop on discipline specific practices in the annotation and exploration of narratives. Our workshop will be open to other researchers with an interest in speech and narrative corpora and is scheduled to take place in July 2012, probably in the context of the upcoming DH 2012.

Talk on tagging time with CATMA in Wuppertal/Germany

Wuppertal’s second narratological panel for postgraduate students “Zeit(en) erzählen. Narrative Verfahren – komplexe Konfigurationen” (July 7-9, 2011) includes the talk “Tagging in a ‘huge meadow of time’ – Analysen der Zeit mit Hilfe des Programmes CATMA” (“Analyses of time with the help of CATMA”) by Lena Schüch. The talk illustrates how the temporal structure of William Faulkner’s short story “A rose for Emily” can be described by using combined queries for tagged relative dates and tenses.

Please click here to see the conference schedule.

CATMA 3.2 released

The CATMA team announces the release of CATMA 3.2. Besides containing various bugfixes and improvements the release is mainly driven by a collaboration between the team of Prof. Dr. Meister (Hamburg University) and the team of Prof. Dr. Sinclair (McMaster University) at Hamilton (ON), Canada. CATMA offers now the possibility to export user generated data to the web-based text analysis environment Voyeur to enable the user to take advantage of the rich visualisations provided by Voyeur. A short report gives an insight on what has been implemented and how it can be used.

CATMA in use at the University of Hamburg

CATMA is currently used in, among other, an MA textual analysis seminar on the Austrian writer Arthur Schnitzler. Schnitzler, a contemporary of Sigmund Freud’s, introduced into German narrative prose the narrative technique of so-called ‘internal focalization’, i.e. psychological introspection into characters. With CATMA students tag and analyse surfcae markers as well as deeper level semantic attributes in Schnitzler’s texts to identify the specific patterns of introspection in his narratives.

Using CATMA for meta data atomization

An example for using CATMA to markup a spreadsheet containing historic oceanographic data has been supplied by Alexander Dorsk. Instead of having to manually tag over 500 occurrences CATMA was used to execute a regular expression based tagging routine, reducing a task of some 10 hours to a minute or two. A detailed description plus a screencast give more information on the individual steps and provide a good demo of CATMA use in practice (thanks, Alex!).