SPIRITS : Supporting Program for Interaction-based Initiative Team Studies  2020-2021 Interdisciplinary type project, in the priority area of humanities and social sciences
京都大学 SPIRITS

Kyoko Amano
Institute for Research in Humanities / Hakubi Center for Advanced Research

Hiroaki Natsukawa
Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Visualization Laboratory

The origins of much ancient literature remain a mystery. This project is an attempt to uncover the origins of the ancient Indian literature, the Vedas, through a collaborative approach using linguistics, philology, and data science.

This project is supported as an interdisciplinary project in the priority area of humanities and social sciences by Kyoto University’s internal funding program, SPIRITS.

News

  • 2021/06/04

    Oliver Hellwig is leading "ChronBMM — Bayesian Mixture Models für die Datierung von Textkorpora" in Digital Humanities Project by Federal Ministry of Education and Research. We share the same interest and are collaborating on buildung the database of Vedic texts. About "ChronBMM" Project: https://www.geistes-und-sozialwissenschaften-bmbf.de/de/Digital-Humanities-1710.html

  • 2021/04/21

    A report on the workshop “Dynamism of Social Context Deciphered by a Linguistic Analysis of Ancient Literature” (Yuzuki Tsukagoshi, the University of Tokyo) has been published in Digital Humanities Monthly No. 115 [Part 2] (February 28, 2021).
    http://www.dhii.jp/DHM/dhm115-2 

  • 2021/04/21

    The laboratory website of Hiroaki Natsukawa, Lecturer at the Academic Center for Computing and Media Studies, Kyoto University, is now open. https://natsukawa-lab.jp/ 

  • 2021/04/21

    Two papers by Kyoko Amano dealing with the language layers and formation process of Vedic literature (Maitrāyaṇī Saṁhitā) have been published.

    “What is ‘knowledge’ justifying a ritual action? Uses of yá evám véda / yá evám vidvan in the Maitrāyaṇī Samhitā.” In: Aux sources des liturgies indo-iraniennes, ed. by Redard, C. / Ferrer-Losilla, J. / Moein, H. / Swennen, P., Collection Religions, Comparatisme – Histoire – Anthropologie 10, 39-68. 2019. Liège: Presses Universitaeire de Liège. (PDF 2.6MB

    “The Development of the Uses of ha / ha vái / ha sma vái with or without the Narrative Perfect and Language Layers in the Old Yajurveda-Samhitā Texts.” Lingua Posnaniensis 61, ed. by Chandotti, M. P. / Pontillo. 2019. T. Sciendo: Warszawa. 11-24. (PDF 716KB

  • 2021/04/21

    On February 12, 2021, the first workshop of this project, ” Dynamism of Social Context Deciphered by a Linguistic Analysis of Ancient Literature,” was held online. 117 participants from 10 countries registered for the workshop. A collection of slides is here (PDF 13.2MB).