Bardaisan's Book of the Laws of the Countries : a computer-assisted linguistic analysis

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Bardaisan's Book of the Laws of the Countries : a computer-assisted linguistic analysis

Type: Doctoral Thesis
Title: Bardaisan's Book of the Laws of the Countries : a computer-assisted linguistic analysis
Author: Bakker, Dirk
Publisher: Leiden Institute for Religious Studies, Faculty of the Humanities, Leiden University
Issue Date: 2011-04-20
Keywords: Ancient Texts
Computational linguistics
Early Christianity
Syriac
Abstract: This dissertation presents the results of a computer-assisted linguistic analysis of the ‘Book of the Laws of the Countries’, a religious prose text, attributed to the 3rd-century theologian Bardaisan, which is one of the earliest representatives of Syriac literature. Using the computational tools and methods that were developed in the Leiden project ‘Turgama: Computer-Assisted Analysis of the Peshitta and the Targum: Text, Language and Interpretation’ by dr. Wido van Peursen, I have analysed this corpus on different linguistic levels: orthography / morphology, phrase structure, and clause structure. This analysis enables us to gain deeper insight in the peculiarities of the Syriac language of the 3rd century; the same period in which the Hebrew Bible was translated into Syriac, resulting in the so-called Peshitta. As such, the Book of the Laws of the Countries represents a corpus written in ‘native’ Syriac, to which the translated Syriac of the Peshitta can be compared. This will allow us to attain a better view of the considerations which played a role in the creation process of the Syriac Bible; e.g., the amount to which translation was influenced by interpretation, the two possible meanings of the Syriac word ‘Turgama’.
Description: Promotor: A. van der Kooij, Co-promotor: W.Th. van Peursen
With summary in Dutch
Faculty: Faculty of Theology
Citation: Bakker, D., 2011, Doctoral thesis, Leiden University
Sponsor: J.E. Jurriaanse Stichting, Rotterdam.
Handle: http://hdl.handle.net/1887/17580
 

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