ChonHib (Chronologicon Hibernicum – A Probabilistic Chronological Framework for Dating Early Irish Language Developments and Literature) is a research project funded by the European Research Council under the HORIZON 2020 Framework Programme with the aim of creating tools to facilitate the study of language development. The primary aim of the ChronHib project is to refine the methodology for dating Early Medieval Irish linguistic development and to build a chronological framework of linguistic changes that can be used to date literary texts within the Early Irish period (ca. 6th – mid 10th century). The project aims to achieve this through statistical methods for the seriation of linguistic data, and for estimating dates using Bayesian inference.
A further goal of the project is to harness the potential of existing digital resources and to develop new publicly available corpora to help date Old and Middle Irish texts and to gain deeper insights into the development of the phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon of the Irish language.Principal Investigator: Prof David Stifter
CorPH is an on-line database of Old Irish texts curated by the ChronHib project. It incorporates and harmonises several pre-existing digital databases of Old Irish texts, as well as digitalises and annotates a number of other Old Irish texts. All data have undergone digitalisation, tokenisation, lemmatisation, POS- and morphological tagging, following the rules and tagsets created by ChronHib, which can be downloaded from this webpage.
Pre-existing digital databases that have been incorporated into CorPH include the following. ChronHib has acquired their respective authors’ authorisation to copy, modify, display and distribute the Work as part of the database ‘Corpus Palaeo-Hibernicum’, or CorPH:
Barrett, Siobhán (2017), A Lexicon of the poems of Blathmac Son of Cú Brettan, as part of an unpublished PhD Thesis, accessible at http://mural.maynoothuniversity.ie/10042/
Bauer, Bernhard (2015), The online database of the Old Irish Priscian glosses, originally published at http://www.univie.ac.at/indogermanistik/priscian/
Griffith, Aaron and David Stifter (2013), A Dictionary of the Old Irish Glosses in the Milan MS Ambr. C301 inf., originally published at https://www.univie.ac.at/indogermanistik/milan_glosses/
Lash, Elliott (2014), The Parsed Old and Middle-Irish Corpus, originally published at https://www.dias.ie/celt/celtpublications-2/celt-the-parsed-old-and-middle-irish-corpus-pomic/.