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University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Robert Morrissey (Project Director: October 2009 to February 2012)

Digital Humanities Start-Up Grants
Digital Humanities

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$49,581 (approved)
$49,581 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2010 – 8/31/2011

Dictionnaire Vivant de la Langue Francaise (DVLF): Expanding the French Dictionary

Development and testing of an interactive site for an online dictionary of French that engages users in creation of the dictionary's output.

French dictionaries have been notoriously top-down in their conception and realization; even today they remain the province of a small number of academic and commercial specialists. The goal of the DVLF project is to transform this model through an experimental, interactive, and community-based approach to French lexicography. ARTFL will develop new computational methods to mine the vast digital corpora and abundant social intelligence available online. This development will enable broad public access to an unparalleled set of linguistic tools and resources, both synchronic and diachronic, with the potential to change user interaction with dictionaries significantly and lead to better descriptions of emergent word use. The DVLF will be a dynamic lexicographic search engine both informed by, and in contrast to, extant static reference works; it will offer a more responsive and inclusive vision of how language changes without forgoing the strengths of traditional dictionary compilation.