DH Colloquia

SADiLaR organizes monthly Digital Humanities colloquia. These typically take place on Wednesdays (in the middle of the month) from 10:00 to 11:00 SAST. During these DH colloquia a wide variety of topics are discussed, mostly on content related to Digital Humanities, sometimes focusing more on the techniques or methodologies used, sometimes focusing more on the applications or application areas.

The DH colloquia are part of Escalator’s Explorer track. You can find more information on Escalator here: https://escalator.sadilar.org/, on Escalator’s championship programme here: https://escalator.sadilar.org/champions/overview/, and on the Explorer track within Escalator’s championship programme here: https://escalator.sadilar.org/champions/explorer/. Also check out the other tracks within the Escalator championship programme as there may be tracks directly related to your interests. If you want to be a member of the Digital Humanities community, you may also want to consider joining the DHCSSza Slack. This page will provide more information on how to join (this is also free): https://escalator.sadilar.org/connect/.

If you have suggestions for speakers at the DH colloquium (or if you want to speak yourself), or if you want to provide feedback, please do not hesitate to contact Prof Menno van Zaanen: menno.vanzaanen@nwu.ac.za.


Title: Universal Discourse: Towards a multilingual model of discourse relations.

The talk will discuss a research project proposal aiming to create and evaluate the model of Universal Discourse: a unified, multilingual, corpus-based representation of text as a whole, going beyond the meaning of individual sentences to the level of inter-sentential semantic connections. This project aims to integrate and expand upon the ISO 24617-8 standard which outlines the representation of such relations. The model will be used to re-annotate a set of existing discourse corpora, previously annotated under varying representation standards. This approach aims to produce a harmonized dataset, which will be used for the implementation of several prototypes of discourse parsers intended to test the applicability of the model to computational processing.

Speaker: Maciej Ogrodniczuk

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Hiwa Asadpour and Arash Amani
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Elsabé Taljard, Danie Prinsloo, and Michelle Goosen
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Thea Pitman and Janet C.E. Watson
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Annemi Conradie
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Yliana Rodríguez and Luis Chiruzzo
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Sibonelo Dlamini
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Anelda van der Walt and Anne Treasure
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Maria Keet
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Amanda du Preez
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Emmanuel Ngué Um
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Vanessa McBride
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Iris Hendrickx
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Barbara Bordalejo
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Rachel Hendery
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Presentation Part 1
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