Poetics: The Semantic Structure of the Conformist and Dissenting Bible, 1660-1780 by Mark Hoffman, Jean Phillipe Cointet, Philipp Brandt, Newton Key, and Peter Bearman

We show that it is possible to induce a semantic network image of the Bible, that this structure serves as a skeletal frame for interpretation, thereby highlighting different contents as central to denominations’ religious inspirations and concerns.

Read More

PNAS: Lexical shifts, substantive changes, and continuity in State of the Union discourse, 1790–2014 by Alix Rule, Jean-Phillipe Cointet and Peter Barman

We develop a strategy for identifying meaningful categories in textual corpora that span long historic durées, where terms, concepts, and language use changes. Our approach is able to account for the fluidity of discursive categories over time, and to analyze their continuity by identifying the discursive stream as the object of interest.

Read More