This Friday’s Linguistics talk will feature Barbara Meisterernst from Humboldt-University in Berlin.
LANGUAGES ON THE SILK ROAD: THE DIGITAL ARCHIVES OF THE TURFAN COLLECTION AND THE INTERNATIONAL DUNHUANG PROJECT
Friday, February 17, 2012
10:30 – 12:00
Room: Paccar 492
The Silk Road — or better the Silk Roads — is certainly the earliest example of global relations, establishing a connection between the Far East and the Mediterranean, based on the exchange of merchandise, religion, and culture. Many different languages, including Indo-European, Turkic, Mongolian, Tibetan, and Chinese were spoken in the oases on the Silk Road(s). Some of the ancient texts speak of rich and flourishing Buddhist centres on the Silk Road, which inspired a number of expeditions from France, England, Germany, Russia, and Japan in the 19th and early 20th centuries. These explorers returned with substantial collections of artefacts and ancient manuscripts – partly in previously unknown languages -from different sites on the Silk Road and deposited them in museums and academic institutions all over the world. To make these collections, in particular the many manuscripts in different languages, available for the public and the scholarly community, a number of digitization projects have been undertaken. This talk provides a short introduction to two such digital archives: the Digital Archive of the German Collections from Turfan and the International Dunhuang Project, hosted by the British Library.
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