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Title: Digital Interactions for the Modern Scholar A Case Study on the Field of Prosody
Authors: Yee, Capella
Advisors: Kernighan, Brian
Department: Computer Science
Class Year: 2015
Abstract: This thesis explores how modern day scholars can benefit from digital, online systems for the purposes of documenting and generating ideas, engaging in discussion with peers, and tracing the history of knowledge in their field. The field of prosody, the study of the meter, rhythm, and phonetic structures of a poem, is used as a case study. Specifically, this thesis builds a system for use by prosodic scholars. Taking cues from pre-­existing online communication and social media platforms, the field of digital humanities, and knowledge of the prosody community, I develop a website that not only chronicles works of prosody but also builds infrastructure to enable and preserve the discourse that leads to those works. This platform allows for open, back-and‐forth dialogue among all prosodic scholars; archiving and creation of works; intuitive annotating and commenting capabilities; full-­text search; a system to trace the lineage of ideas developed by scholars past, present, and future, and a social media-­‐like ability to “follow” any written record or any other scholar on the site. In analyzing how the nature of interaction changes when works of prosody become digitized and communication moves online, this thesis ultimately introduces new practices that assist scholars in engaging with each other and with the literature of their field.
Extent: 82 pages
Type of Material: Princeton University Senior Theses
Language: en_US
Appears in Collections:Computer Science, 1988-2017

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