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Material Philology Meets Digital Onomastic Lexicography: The NordiCon Database of Medieval Nordic Personal Names in Continental Sources

Conference paper
Authors Michelle Waldispühl
Dana Dannélls
Lars Borin
Published in Proceedings of The 12th Language Resources and Evaluation Conference
Publisher European Language Resources Association
Place of publication Marseille
Publication year 2020
Published at Department of Swedish
Department of Languages and Literatures
Language en
Keywords Digital Humanities, Lexicon/Lexical database, LR Infrastructures and Architecture
Subject categories General Language Studies and Linguistics, Specific Languages, Linguistics, Bilingualism, Scandinavian languages, German language, Germanic languages, Language Technology (Computational Linguistics)


We present NordiCon, a database containing medieval Nordic personal names attested in Continental sources. The database combines formally interpreted and richly interlinked onomastic data with digitized versions of the medieval manuscripts from which the data originate and information on the tokens' context. The structure of NordiCon is inspired by other online historical given name dictionaries. It takes up challenges reported on in previous works, such as how to cover material properties of a name token and how to define lemmatization principles, and elaborates on possible solutions. The lemmatization principles for NordiCon are further developed in order to facilitate the connection to other name dictionaries and corpuses, and the integration of the database into Språkbanken Text, an infrastructure containing modern and historical written data.

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