HIGHER TEXTUAL CRITICISM AND INFORMATION THEORY

Dr. Attash Durrani

Abstract


The author wants to provide an orientation of the mathematical theory to be used in philology and its concerns. The basic target of philology is to create the original text of any author and the information theory-based research can provide help. Information theory was presented by Shannon in 1948 and Algorism was used. This can be used in finding errors and age of text. One has to develop a stemma codicum (tree) of different texts and software can be used like it was used in the Canterbury Tales Project for 84 manuscripts and 4 printed versions. Urdu should prepare itself for this kind of scientific research and may develop and use such types of tools.

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