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Chapter 13 - A Map of World Culture, Purged of Bias

from Part III - Disciplinary Implications

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  21 September 2023

Jo Guldi
Affiliation:
Southern Methodist University, Texas
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This chapter asks what it looks like when a discipline uses the power of big data to address its own biases. Drawing from the example of historical linguistics, it tells the story of a discipline that inherited Victorian metanarratives about the evolution of race, language, and history in the past. Historical linguistics is also, as a modern discipline, a place where applied quantitative measures have aided the process of recognizing and addressing inherited biases about empire and race. The chapter urges the experience of historical linguistics as a pattern for other disciplines, showing how text mining can become a tool capable of nuanced work when used together with traditional forms of cultural analysis.

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The Dangerous Art of Text Mining
A Methodology for Digital History
, pp. 407 - 418
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
Print publication year: 2023

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