2002

The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 13.2470  Monday, 30 December 2002

From:           Matthew Steggle <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>
Date:           Friday, 27 Dec 2002 13:32:20 +0000
Subject:        SHAXICAN and Colley Cibber

This note is to announce a new addition to the SHAXICAN website.
Members of this list may well already be aware of SHAXICAN, an
initiative started by Gabriel Egan which uses perl scripts to facilitate
examination of Shakespeare's vocabulary patterns.

Steve Roth and I have taken as our starting-point Don Foster's assertion
that Shakespeare's acting career can be deduced from the patterns of
rare words in his plays, and using SHAXICAN we have tested the
principles on the much better-documented career and works of Colley
Cibber.  A short account of our conclusions is written up  as "Can We
Tell from Lexical Analysis What Parts Shakespeare (or Anyone else)
Played? Testing the Cibber Corpus", online at
http://www.totus.org/SHAXICAN/ for anyone who might be interested.

All the best,
Matt Steggle

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