Things, bridges, and towers: drawing patterns and structure from text

Things, bridges, and towers: drawing patterns and structure from text

"Things, bridges+towers" is an experiment in mapping grammatical patterns in literature to visual patterns. By treating words as data, it explores whether changes in syntax coincide with events in a narrative arc. The project consists of a computer program that allows the user to select one of five books to visualize, the pattern to apply, and the parts of speech to highlight. There are three main patterns: dots, lines, and blocks. In each pattern, the words of the book are represented as a circle, a point on a line, or a block. The size of the circles and the orientation of the line or block represent the clause structure in each sentence. The color of the circle or block indicates the part of speech.

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Posted Jan 31, 2014
 
Views: 1186
Tags Language, literature
Tools InDesign, Processing, Stanford Natural Language Processing Group parser
Data
 
To the Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
 
Invisible Man by Ralph Ellison
 
The Crying of Lot 49 by Thomas Pynchon
 
Harry Potter and the Sorceror's Stone by J.K. Rowling
 
The Road by Cormac McCarthy
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