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Latin Dictionary’s Journey: A to Zythum in 125 Years (and Counting) - The New York Times
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A giant computer made of paper that runs on people: the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae in the TLL
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13 days ago by rdmond
Thesaurus linguae Latinae (TLL).

"Reading these texts creates “respect, empathy, and understanding — which doesn’t mean condoning the things they did,” said Kathleen Coleman, a member of the board overseeing the dictionary’s progress. “We don’t have to think gladiators were a great idea. But to try and understand what they were getting at. What they thought. Why they thought what they were doing was right. And you get that kind of depth from language.”

“You have to know about all kinds of texts: Roman law and medicine and poetry and prose and history,” said Marijke Ottink, an editor at the T.L.L. She has been working on the word “res,” which means “thing,” on and off for a decade."
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13 days ago by ingenu
Latin Dictionary’s Journey: A to Zythum in 125 Years (and Counting)
Researchers in Germany have been working on the Thesaurus Linguae Latinae since the 1890s. They hope to finish in 2050, but that might be optimistic.
Annalisa Quinn. NYTimes. November 30, 2019



The first entry, for the letter A, was published in 1900. The T.L.L. is expected to reach its final word — “zythum,” an Egyptian beer — by 2050. A scholarly project of painstaking exactness and glacial speed, it has so far produced 18 volumes of huge pages with tiny text, the collective work of nearly 400 scholars, many of them long since dead. The letters Q and N were set aside, because they begin too many difficult words, so researchers will have to go back and work on those, too.
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Annalisa Quinn, "Latin Dictionary’s Journey: A to Zythum in 125 Years (and Counting)"

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