March 2014 Coptic SCRIPTORIUM Release notes

Coptic SCRIPTORIUM is pleased to announce a new release of data and an update on our project.  Please visit our site at (backup at

We’ve released several new corpora:
-two fragments of Shenoute’s Acephelous Work #22 (aka A22, from Canons Vol. 3)
-two letters of Besa (to Aphthonia and to Thieving Nuns)
-chapters 1-6 of the Sahidic Gospel of Mark (based on Warren Wells’ Sahidica New Testament)

These corpora include:
⁃    visualizations and annotations of diplomatic manuscript transcriptions (except for Mark)
⁃    visualizations and annotations of the normalized text
⁃    annotations of the English translation (except for some A22 material)
⁃    part-of-speech annotations (which can be searched)
⁃    search and visualization capabilities for normalized text, Coptic morphemes, and bound groups in most of the corpora
⁃    Language of origin annotations (Greek, Hebrew, Latin) in most corpora (which can be searched)
⁃    TEI XML files of the texts in the corpora, which validate to the EpiDoc subset

We’ve also:
⁃    Updated the documentation about our part-of-speech tag set and tagging script.  (If you’re interested at all in Coptic linguistics please do read about our tag set)
⁃    Provided some example queries for our search and visualization tool (ANNIS); just click on a query and ANNIS will open and run it
⁃    updated our Frequently Asked Questions document
⁃    released an update to the Apophthegmata Patrum corpus to incorporate some of the new technologies described above
⁃    improved automation of normalizing text, annotating it for part-of-speech, annotating language of origin, annotating word segmentation (bound groups vs morphemes, etc.)

We would love to hear from you if you use our site; we think it will be useful for people teaching Coptic as well as conducting research.  Please email either of us feedback directly.

The improvements in automation also mean we would love to work with you if you have digitized Coptic texts that you would like to be able to search or annotate, if there are texts you would like to digitize, or if you would like to annotate existing texts in our corpus in new ways.  We are ready to scale up!

Thanks for all of your support.  This project is designed for the use of the entire Coptological community, as well as folks in Linguistics, Classics, and related fields.

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