- Jenseits von Lagado : literaturwissenschaftliche Programmieren am Beispiel des Kodierungsprogramms Move Parser 3.1 (1999)
- "Narrativität" und "Ereignis" : ein Definitionsversuch (2002)
- Eine Konstante der Diskussion zur Bestimmung von "Narrativität" ist der Versuch, Narrativität als kennzeichnendes Merkmal des erzählenden Textes funktional zu bestimmen: nämlich als eine spezifische Form der symbolischen Ereignisrepräsentation. Dieser Beitrag entwickelt dagegen die These, daß Narrativität keine Frage des Entweder/Oder ist, sondern eine der graduellen Realisation spezifischer logischer Bedingungen, die sich in Form einer sog. "Ereignis-Matrix" definieren lassen. Alles, was die Bedingungen der Ereignis-Matrix erfüllt, taugt zum "Ereignis-Konstrukt" – aber nur jene Ereignis-Konstrukte und damit auch die ihnen zugrundeliegenden Texte sind in sich selbst narrativ, in denen die temporale Ordnung sich nicht auf die reine Sequentialität der symbolischen Zeichen reduziert.
- Tagging time in prolog : the temporality effect project (2005)
- This article combines a brief introduction into a particular philosophical theory of "time" with a demonstration of how this theory has been implemented in a Literary Studies oriented Humanities Computing project. The aim of the project was to create a model of text-based time cognition and design customized markup and text analysis tools that help to understand ‘‘how time works’’: more precisely, how narratively organised and communicated information motivates readers to generate the mental image of a chronologically organized world. The approach presented is based on the unitary model of time originally proposed by McTaggart, who distinguished between two perspectives onto time, the so-called A- and B-series. The first step towards a functional Humanities Computing implementation of this theoretical approach was the development of TempusMarker—a software tool providing automatic and semi-automatic markup routines for the tagging of temporal expressions in natural language texts. In the second step we discuss the principals underlying TempusParser—an analytical tool that can reconstruct temporal order in events by way of an algorithm-driven process of analysis and recombination of textual segments during which the "time stamp" of each segment as indicated by the temporal tags is interpreted.
- Narratology beyond literary criticism : mediality, disciplinarity ; introduction (2005)
- A glance at the current situation in literary criticism shows that narratology, pronounced dead twenty years ago, is remarkably alive and well. This fact has been noted repeatedly and with understandable self-satisfaction in the recent literature on research into narrative theory. Just how astonishing this rebirth is, however, becomes apparent only when we step back from literary criticism and the humanities to take a wider historical view of the developments in academic and theoretical circles that preceded it. The deeply symbolic year of 1968 marked the fall of the academic ancient régime. Partly in anticipation of this and partly in response to it, a number of new leading disciplines were raised to power in western Europe as sources of hope for the future. However much they may have differed from one another in political purpose (in theoretical circles or beyond), linguistics, political economy, psychoanalysis, and structuralist semiology—to name but a few of the superdisciplines of the time—clearly belonged to one and the same paradigm in terms of how they conceived of themselves: throughout, they sought to reveal universal, ahistorical regularities in human thought and action in their respective fields.
- Digital document and interpretation : re-thinking "text" and scholarship in electronic settings (2008)
- The contribution starts from outlining the evolution of the scholarly production flow from the print based paradigm to the digital age and in this context it explores the opposition of digital versus analog representation modes. It then develops on the triple paradigm shift caused by genuine digital publishing and its specific consequences for the social sciences and humanities (SSH) which in turn results in re-constituting basic scholarly notions such as 'text' and 'document'. The paper concludes with discussing the specific value that could be added in systematically using digital text resources as a basis for scholarly work and also states some of the necessary conditions for such a 'digital turn' to be successful in the SSH.