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Geographic visualization of place names in Swedish literary texts

Journal article
Authors Lars Borin
Dana Dannélls
Leif-Jöran Olsson
Published in Literary & Linguistic Computing
Volume 29
Issue 3
Pages 400-404
ISSN 0268-1145
Publication year 2014
Published at Department of Swedish
Pages 400-404
Language en
Keywords Geographical information system, Historical texts, MapServer, Place-name recognition
Subject categories General Literature Studies


This article describes the development of a geographical information system (GIS) at Språkbanken as part of a visualization solution to be used in an archive of historical Swedish literary texts. The research problems we are aiming to address concern orthographic and morphological variation, missing place names, and missing place name coordinates. Some of these problems form a central part in the development of methods and tools for the automatic analysis of historical Swedish literary texts at our research unit. We discuss the advantages and challenges of covering large-scale spelling variation in place names from different sources and in generating maps with focus on different time periods.

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