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An electronic dictionary of medieval Latin abbreviations

Hrsg. v. Olaf Pluta

CD-ROM + Online

Inhalt :: Content

Umfangreiches, rund 70.000 Eintragungen umfassendes Verzeichnis mittelalterlicher lateinischer Abbreviaturen, zusammengestellt auf der Grundlage von Handschriften aus großen und kleinen europäischen Sammlungen sowie einschlägiger gedruckter Abbreviaturenverzeichnisse. Neben Transkription und Auflösung der Abkürzung wird die Belegzeit angegeben, außerdem eine oder mehrere Beispielhandschriften.


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Verlag :: Publisher

Olaf Pluta

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Abbreviationes, the first electronic dictionary of medieval Latin abbreviations, is a powerful database designed for use in both learning and teaching of medieval Latin paleography. Abbreviationes is also a highly useful reference and research tool. It consists of a database (Main Dictionary) and a database application (Abbreviationes) - a mature, robust, and reliable program, suitable for everyone from the novice to the expert. An electronic dictionary is immeasurably more effective than a printed dictionary in terms of speed and efficiency. Furthermore, our database currently comprises over 70,000 entries, nearly five times as many as you would find in the printed dictionaries by Walther, Chassant, De la Braña, Cappelli, and Pelzer combined. Thanks to annual updates and enhancements, the Main Dictionary will continue to grow steadily. Abbreviationes is a standard reference work and reflects the state of contemporary scholarship.

Abbreviationes Online
Now Abbreviationes is just a browser away. All you need is a device with an Internet connection and a Web browser.

Abbreviationes as a learning tool
Students of medieval Latin paleography will find Abbreviationes a valuable learning tool. With Abbreviationes, it is easy to look up all the different abbreviations for a given word. In this way, students will quickly become familiar with the various techniques used in abbreviation. Used in conjunction with the comprehensive User's Guide, which provides an overview of the different categories of medieval Latin abbreviations, Abbreviationes is an excellent learning tool.

Abbreviationes as a teaching tool
Academic professionals will find Abbreviationes an effective teaching tool in their coursework and lectures on medieval Latin paleography. In reading exercises with students, Abbreviationes can be used quickly and conveniently to display variant abbreviations of a given word, thus broadening and enhancing students' awareness of the various techniques used in abbreviation. Abbreviationes paves the way for a more interactive and independent approach to learning and teaching.

Abbreviationes as a reference tool
Both beginners and experienced scholars will find Abbreviationes an invaluable reference tool. If you already are an expert in medieval Latin paleography, you will probably have a good idea of what a given abbreviation stands for. However, this intuitive knowledge can sometimes be misleading. Abbreviationes is a practical way of corroborating your reading while quickly checking for possible alternatives. As a novice, you may often have problems recognizing the letters of a given abbreviation. Because Abbreviationes is so very fast, it allows for a trial-and-error approach to deciphering a given abbreviation. And thanks to Abbreviationes fuzzy expert system, even an incompletely or inaccurately entered query will still lead you to the correct entry.

Abbreviationes as a research tool
Scholars will also appreciate Abbreviationes as a research tool. With Abbreviationes, you can search how a specific abbreviation mark was used during a given period or by a single writer. You may, for instance, wish to find out how and when Albert the Great used the round r (r rotunda). A search on Abbreviationes will tell you that Albert the Great used the round r in conjunction with the letters b, d, o, p, as well as with the abbreviation mark 9, and that the round r is most often found in combination with the letter o.

Program Availability and Requirements

Abbreviationes was developed for the Macintosh Operating System (Mac OS). Under Windows, Abbreviationes requires a Macintosh emulator such as Basilisk II (Open Source), or SoftMac from Emulators Inc. Apart from the Macintosh emulation software, which is a requirement for Windows, Abbreviationes is identical on both platforms. Abbreviationes is bundled with a copy of Basilisk II that comes preinstalled and readily configured to get you started quickly.

Abbreviationes runs on any Macintosh or Power Macintosh under Mac OS 7 or later (compatible with Mac OS 9 version 9.2 and Mac OS X version 10.3). Basilisk II allows users to run Abbreviationes under Windows 95/98/Me, Windows NT 4, Windows 2000, and Windows XP. Abbreviationes is distributed on a hybrid CD-ROM, making installation a snap under both Mac OS and Windows. The CD-ROM also includes the User's Guide in electronic form.

Abbreviationes Online can be used with any device that has a Web browser installed and has access to the World Wide Web. In order to view Abbreviationes Online correctly, you will need an HTML 4 and CSS2 compliant Web browser.

When sufficient RAM has been installed, Abbreviationes will run comfortably alongside image-processing and word-processing programs such as Adobe Photoshop and Microsoft Word. The Kodak Photo CD system offers a powerful tool for viewing, storing, and working with digital images. Thus, a CD-ROM drive is all you need to read, transcribe, and edit medieval Latin manuscripts from the comfort of your own desktop!

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