Corpus description

The WoPoss corpus spans from the 3rd century BCE to the 7th century CE. Texts are selected in terms of representativeness in order to track the variations in the uses of modal markers: the diversity of text types guarantees that any potential source of knowledge about (socio-)linguistic variation is covered. Thus, the corpus includes both literary and documentary texts taking into consideration the diverse sources of transmission of ancient texts –manuscripts, inscriptions and papyri–, in the various Latin-speaking regions of the ancient world. Different textual genres are also included: philosophical texts like De Rerum Natura by Lucretius, comedian pieces like Poenulus by Plautus or technical writing like the Res rustica by Columella.

The setting-up of the corpus builds upon projects that provide open access materials (see the credits page for the list of projects with whom we have either informal or formal agreements). A full description of the annotated corpus will be provided soon.

A preliminary mock-up of the semantic annotation of Tertullian’s De spectaculis is available in Query the corpus.