J. Berenike Herrmann's research while affiliated with Bielefeld University and other places

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Tool criticism has made us aware that the digital tools widely distributed in Digital Humanities have the power to reify. Therefore, the community needs a handle for gauging their validity, and a capacity for producing plausibility. But tools are not ‘just tools.’ The current panorama in Digital Literary Studies (DLS) presents a plethora of instrum...
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Prominent among the social developments that the web 2.0 has facilitated is digital social reading (DSR): on many platforms there are functionalities for creating book reviews, ‘inline’ commenting on book texts, online story writing (often in the form of fanfiction), informal book discussions, book vlogs, and more. In this article, we argue that DS...
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The publication of Nan Z. Da's study in Critical Inquiry has triggered a debate about the methodological and conceptual dimensions of digitally assisted inquiry in literary studies. Nan Z. Da's fundamental critique of what she calls "Computational Literary Studies" addresses the work of the international Special Interest Group"DigitalLiterary Styli...
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Prominent among the social developments that the web 2.0 has facilitated is digital social reading (DSR): on many platforms there are functionalities for creating book reviews, 'inline' commenting on book texts, online story writing (often in the form of fanfiction), informal book discussions, book vlogs, and more. In this article we argue that DSR...
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While interdisciplinary research on metaphor is abundant (Eggs, 2000; Semino & Demjén, 2017; Veale et al., 2016), it is still scarce in Digital Humanities. At the intersection of literary studies, corpus stylistics, and digital humanities, we present an exploratory quantitative metaphor analysis of a corpus of German language lay book reviews. Usin...
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Our contribution reports on a research project that addresses distinct research methodologies as well as the epistemic dimension of textual Digital Humanities. In a case study that combines machine learning applications of sentiment detection with more traditional manual and semi-automatic text analysis, such as close reading and annotation, we stu...
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During World War I (WWI), between 1916 and 1917, Robert Musil was the chief editor of the Tiroler Soldaten-Zeitung in Bozen. This activity probably also involved authorship of articles and has posed a philological problem to scholars, who have not been able to attribute with certainty a range of relatively short texts to Musil. With this article, w...
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We propose a new field of study, "corpus literary studies," analog to "corpus linguistics." Corpus literary studies share certain dimensions with corpus linguistics, but are independent, driven by research questions revolving around literary artefacts embedded in literary communication. We discuss how literary corpora have to be necessarily differe...
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Lately, empathy, understood in a broad, common sense of the term, has quite clearly been en vogue, not least, perhaps, because there is something complexly paradoxical about it. For instance, there is the perception of a current “empathy de cit” (Barack Obama) on the one hand, while on the other, highly popular TV series have as main characters “em...
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This paper examines patterns of metaphor in usage. Four samples of text excerpts of on average 47,000 words each were taken from the British National Corpus and annotated for metaphor. The linguistic metaphor data were collected by five analysts on the basis of a highly explicit identification procedure that is a variant of the approach developed b...
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This book presents a complete method for the identification of metaphor in language at the level of word use. It is based on extensive methodological and empirical corpus-linguistic research in two languages, English and Dutch. The method is formulated as an explicit manual of instructions covering one chapter, the method being a development and re...

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... Reception is socially constructed, made up of interwoven interpretations and conventions situated in a given sociocultural context. A discussion forum provides a context for 'digital social reading' (Rebora et al., 2021;Rehberg Sedo, 2011;Rowberry, 2016;Swann & Allington, 2009). As in reading groups and book clubs, interpersonal relationships, group dynamics, cultural authorities, and politeness may influence reader responses (ibid.). ...
... There are ongoing efforts to take into account implicit sentiment (e.g. figurative speech) in online amateur reviews (Berenike and Messerli 2019). Cultural analytics approaches (Walsh and Antoniak 2021) target amateur criticism in a similar large-scale way, though without ABSA. ...
... Dieser massive Angriff kehrte sich aus den genannten Gründen gegen die Angreifende und war letztlich wenig fruchtbar (Herrmann et al. 2019). Doch zugleich legten die Einwände gegen Da ein weiteres Mal und konzentriert zahlreiche Herausforderungen für die CLS offen, die -verknappt formuliert -mit Fragen der Empirisierung und mit dem ‚new rigor' zu tun haben. ...
... We collected the data by identifying metaphorically used words in the Source Text (ST). We used the Metaphor Identification Procedure Vrije University (MIPVU) proposed by Steen et al. (2019) to identify metaphors in both the ST and the Target, employing the specific protocol adjusted for Sesotho by Seepheephe (2019) for identification of metaphors in the Sesotho text. According to MIPVU, a metaphorically-used word is one whose contextual meaning contrasts with its basic meaning but can be understood in comparison to it (Steen et al. 2019). ...
... We used this protocol because it reduces the bias and improves the quality (Moher et al., 2009). Young individuals in this study refer to social media users aged over 13 and below 24 years old (Ferreira, 2012;Lian et al., 2014;Mbuthia et al., 2018;Rebora et al., 2019). It is also worth mentioning that some of the studies we reviewed included a more comprehensive range of users age 11-25. ...
... Along with the development of intellectual technologies, a whole new scientific direction has appeared to help with the application of these technologies for attribution and naratological analysis of literary texts [1][2][3]. There are attempts to determine the authorship, dates and genre of literary works automatically [1][2][3]. ...
... Despite the frequent use of the word 'empathy' in common parlance, there are ongoing scholarly arguments about what empathy involves, how it can be operationalized and fostered in typical and atypical populations (see Sopcak et al., 2016). The word empathy is used to describe a set of different skills in different fields. ...
... Metaphoricity, understood as a mechanism of reasoning rather than embellishment of a text, is not only a feature of fictional texts but also of different specialised discourses, such as science writing, mass media texts, football commentary and the like (Hermann and Sardinha 2015). Metaphor scholars have identified tendencies in metaphor usage across different types of texts. ...
... Corpus analyses show that on average, each seventh lexical unit in academic texts, news, fiction, and conversation is related to metaphor (Steen, Dorst, Herrmann, Kaal, & Krennmayr, 2010). With the rise of conceptual metaphor theory (Kövecses, 2010;Lakoff & Johnson, 2011) metaphors have gained ground in linguistic research. ...
... Despite its significance, a comprehensive study of identifying rhetoric figures from discourse remains under-explored. Previous works mainly emphasize specific figures, such as metaphor (Steen, 2010;Fass, 1991;Dodge et al., 2015;Su et al., 2020) and sarcasm (Khodak et al., 2017;Davidov et al., 2010;Wallace et al., 2014;Lee et al., 2020), or identify rhetoric figures at a token or sentence level (Wen et al., 2019;Chen et al., 2021). However, in real-world settings, figurative languages are hidden in a long context and the potential figure type is usually unknown. ...