Objectives

The goals of the project are to provide a digital corpus of the texts and to compile a corpus-based dictionary of Classic Mayan, which will be published in both digital and printed format. This dictionary will provide a comprehensive vocabulary of Classic Mayan and its use in writing. In cooperation with linguists, computer scientists and by using the virtual research platform TextGrid, the project team in both Bonn and Göttingen will prepare, analyse and interpret the hieroglyphic texts using information technology tools.

Through the compilation of the digital text corpus and the dictionary, a foundation for the systematic understanding of the Classic Mayan writing system and underlying language structure will be laid. The machine readable text corpus constitutes the project foundation, and allows for complex searches and computer assisted text analyses, resulting in a dynamically organized lexical database, such as the Thesaurus Linguae Aegyptiae (TLA) in Berlin, the Chicago Assyrian Dictionary (CAD) and the Pennsylvania Sumerian Dictionary (PSD).