Early Modern Drama

Early Modern drama is the chief guinea pig of this site.  Everybody has heard of Shakespeare, and Shakespeare is often the guinea pig for text technologies. But just about all text analysis routines are comparative in nature, and if Shakespeare is going to be a focus of digital text analysis, the returns are likely to be much greater if analytical routines can be run on Shakespeare in the context of his precursors, contemporaries, and successors.

You can only get out of digital data what somebody put into them by way of appropriate metadata. For this site,  the EMD corpus, a corpus of 320 early modern plays written between 1520 and 1660, provides a data set with fairly consistent annotations at the bibliogrpahical, structural, and grammatical level.  More details about the EMD corpus are found on separate “pages.”