This article focuses on one decade, 1874-1883, in the relatively long lifespan of the Hebrew weekly Ha-Tzefirah, which was founded in Warsaw in 1862. Applying computational tools to the study of the early Hebrew press requires a unique effort. The Hebrew language in general is distinct in its characters, morphological structure, and word order. The contribution of this proof-of-concept study is two-fold: First, computational analysis provides a long-term indication of trends in the discourse that cannot be attained through qualitative study. The second contribution is on the micro level: Computational analysis can potentially shed light, in a diachronic perspective, on the use of a specific term or the discussion of a specific geographical location.
Bibliographical noteFunding Information:
This work was supported by the Open Media and Information Lab (OMILab) at The Open University of Israel [Grant Number 20184].
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- Computational analysis
- Hebrew newspapers
- Nineteenth century
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Religious studies
- Arts and Humanities (all)