Coptic Dictionary Online wins 2019 DH award for Best Tool
The Coptic Scriptorium project, directed by Amir Zeldes at the Department of Linguistics (Georgetown) and Caroline T. Schroeder at the Department of Classics and Letters (University of Oklahoma), is proud to announce that the Coptic Dictionary Online has won the 2019 Digital Humanities Award in the category Best Tool or Suite of Tools.
Coptic, the language of Ancient Egypt in the first millennium CE, is written in an alphabet derived from Greek, and represents the last stage of the language of the hieroglyphs. It is also the heritage and liturgical language of Copts, a Christian minority in Egypt and the diaspora.
The open source dictionary interface is being used by both scholars and the general public, allowing searches for Coptic words and definitions in three languages (English, German and French), as well as linking quantitative corpus data, including attestation and collocation analyses from data published by Coptic Scriptorium. The interface, which is developed together with students in our Computational Linguistics program, is the result of a collaboration between Coptic Scriptorium and lexicographers in Germany at the Berlin-Brandenburg and Göttingen Academies of Science, the Free University in Berlin, and the Universities of Göttingen and Leipzig. This collaboration has been funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) and the German Research Foundation (DFG) and is being developed further in an NEH grant currently led by Dr. Zeldes.