Computational Analysis of Historical Hebrew Newspapers: Proof of Concept

Oren Soffer, Zef Segal, Nurit Greidinger, Sinai Rusinek, Vered Silber-Varod

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Abstract

This article focuses on one decade, 1874-1883, in the relatively long lifespan of the Hebrew weekly Ha-Tzefirah, which was founded in Warsaw in 1862. Applying computational tools to the study of the early Hebrew press requires a unique effort. The Hebrew language in general is distinct in its characters, morphological structure, and word order. The contribution of this proof-of-concept study is two-fold: First, computational analysis provides a long-term indication of trends in the discourse that cannot be attained through qualitative study. The second contribution is on the micro level: Computational analysis can potentially shed light, in a diachronic perspective, on the use of a specific term or the discussion of a specific geographical location.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)97-110
Number of pages14
JournalZutot
Volume17
Issue number1
DOIs
StatePublished - 2020
Externally publishedYes

Funding

FundersFunder number
Open Media and Information Lab
Open University of Israel20184

    Keywords

    • Computational analysis
    • Ha-tzefirah
    • Hebrew newspapers
    • Nineteenth century

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