Workshop on textual annotation: tools and methods

The Workshop on textual annotation: tools and methods aims to explore the theoretical and practical issues related to the annotation of texts, and to showcase different types of annotation tasks, which answer different research questions. At the same time, it will focus on resources and tools useful to perform the annotation and to tackle some of the issues related to this sometimes challenging task. The workshop will be organised in three sessions. Each intervention will be followed by a hands-on session, so that the participants can test the annotation platforms and practise through different annotation tasks.

The event will take place on January 23, 2023 in Neuchâtel, with a hybrid format. Register here for either online or in-person participation.


Location: Avenue du 1er Mars 26, room B41

8h45–9h15 Breakfast and welcome
9h15–10h45 Silvia ORLANDI (University of Rome La Sapienza): Latin language and digital epigraphy: different approaches and multiple solutions [Description] Ancient inscriptions are an invaluable source for our knowledge of “non classical” forms of Latin terms: archaic texts, graffiti, funerary inscriptions, inscribed instrumentum provide us with a large number of examples of archaic terms, vulgar forms and grammatical errors. In the ongoing process of digitalization of these texts, different projects have found different solutions to face the problem of encoding these forms, in order to allow different kinds of linguistic search. Aim of this paper is to present some of the different approaches adopted in the framework of the epigraphic community born during the European project EAGLE (Europeana network of Ancient Greek and Latin Epigraphy) and afterwards.
10h45–11h00 Break
11h00–12h30 WoPoss team (University of Neuchâtel): Multilayered semantic annotation: The WoPoss approach [Description] The WoPoss project entails the investigation of modality in Latin and its evolution. In order to do this, we are working on the annotation of a selection of modal markers in a diachronic corpus of Latin literary and documentary texts. In this session, we will show how the annotation of the WoPoss corpus is performed. We will first present the annotation guidelines (Dell’Oro 2022), to show the close link between the annotation scheme and the theoretical framework that supports it. Then, we will show how the annotation is performed in practice by using the annotation platform INCEpTION. The hands-on session will be devoted specifically to the practical annotation of a text (in different modern languages or Latin) by the participants.
12h30–14h00 Lunch break
14h00–15h30 Irina BIGOULAEVA (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Annotating with the INCEpTION Platform [Description] This workshop will present the INCEpTION platform, which integrates the necessary features and functions for text annotation into a web-based, open-source tool. We will approach the platform from an introductory perspective, demonstrating the tool’s basic functionalities by stepping through an example annotation workflow. Hands-on activities will be included. We will also touch upon more advanced features such as annotation recommenders and knowledge bases.
15h30–15h45 Break
15h45–17h15 Irina BIGOULAEVA (Technische Universität Darmstadt): Annotating with the INCEpTION Platform (continuation)
17h15–17h30 Closing remarks



Price: the event is free. Breakfast and coffee breaks are provided, but lunch is not included.

Registration is mandatory for both in person and online participation (only registered participants will receive the link for the online event). Registration closes on January 9, 2023.

To register, please fill out the following form:


Av. 1er Mars 26, room B41

Neuchâtel, Switzerland


Helena Bermúdez Sabel & Paola Marongiu. Supervision: Francesca Dell’Oro


If you have any questions, please write to either helena [dot] bermudez [at] unine [dot] ch or paola [dot] marongiu [at] unine [dot] ch.


Swiss National Science Foundation-funded project WoPoss. A World of Possibilities. Modal pathways over an extra-long period of time: the diachrony of modality in the Latin language (SNSF n° 176778).