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Identifying Structures in Text Via Visualization

An intriguing question is whether this approach can be used to identify distinguishing features of texts composed within a literate culture and of texts composed within a non-literature culture. Are there rhetorical devices and structures indicative of oral composition, that have perhaps escaped notice previously because they were hidden in the sheer bulk of surrounding material?

(This paper is based in part on work by the authors, presented at the ASOR 2012 conference in Chicago, November 2012.)

By Gordon Rugg
Keele University, UK

David Musgrave
Amridge University, USA
May 2013

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