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University of the Pacific (Stockton, CA 95211-0110)
Caroline T. Schroeder (Project Director: September 2014 to present)
Amir Zeldes (Co Project Director: June 2015 to present)

KELLIA: Koptische/Coptic Electronic Language and Literature International Alliance

The Koptische/Coptic Electronic Language and Literature International Alliance (KELLIA), a partnership among leading Coptic scholars and digital humanities experts in the United States and Germany. The project would document best practices for digital Coptic initiatives and would adapt existing open-source tools for linguistic analysis and collaborative annotation. Georg-August University, Göttingen, is requesting 122,610€ from DFG.

KELLIA (the Koptische/Coptic Electronic Language and Literature International Alliance) will promote interdisciplinary collaborations across the Digital Humanities and international standards in Coptic Studies. Coptic, the last phase of the Egyptian language family, flourished in Egypt's Roman and early Islamic periods and reflects over a millennium of history of a multicultural and multilingual Near Eastern society. Coptic documents are fundamental primary sources for diverse scholarly fields, and virtually all DH research in Coptic is conducted by projects anchored in the United States or Germany. This collaboration will enable advances not only in Coptic Studies but also in other fields that use corpus linguistics methods or produce digital text editions. KELLIA will produce international standards for data curation in Coptic, tools that integrate corpus linguistics and digital philology methods, and models using shared corpora from the KELLIA partners.

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Project fields:
Ancient Languages; Ancient Literature; Linguistics

NEH/DFG Bilateral Digital Humanities Program

Digital Humanities

Total amounts:
$192,500 (approved)
$192,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
5/1/2015 – 5/31/2019