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Electronic Texts Study

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No matter what your major is, the Graduate School of Letters encourages the use of computers for researches and education activities. Classrooms and literature laboratories are equipped with computers and available to both students and researchers to enable them to conduct statistics analysis, text analysis, build databases as well as for programming exercises. Over 300 computer terminals of the Graduate School of Letters are on the Nagoya University LAN system, (NICE) and are also connected to the Internet. Use of e-mail is increasing among students and researchers. Students of the Graduate Schools can create their e-mail accounts on the website of the Center for Information Media Studies(http://www.nagoya-u.ac.jp/). Faster data transmission is in great demand especially in the academic world in recent years as more and more researchers utilize computer networks. When Nagoya University changed its LAN, NICE, to a gigabit network in fall of 2001 in an effort to meet research and educational needs, the Graduate School of Letters also upgraded its entire computer network to 100 BASE to be able to cope with high-speed transmission of large volumes of data. In response to such improvement of infrastructure, the usage of computers has increased. Taking full advantage of the high-speed network, the school is promoting several projects to compile a database of existent valuable historic documents and materials for filing and public access. The school has two web sites to present such research activities: one is the site introducing each laboratory of the School of Letters (http://www.lit.nagoya-u.ac.jp/) and the other one is the "Construction of Comprehensive Text Science" site (http://www.coe.lit.nagoya-u.ac.jp/). "Construction of Comprehensive Text Science" is the 21st Century Center of Excellence Program that was adopted by the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT) in 2002.
Each website posts information on symposiums, conferences and workshops held by the school or COE Program and research results. Digital Text Study supports use of the computer network for research and education activities at the school.

Class Subjects:

Fundamentals of Hypertext, Network Communications, Interpretation of Text Study, Interpretation of Hypertext Theory, Server Management, Introduction to Perl Programming, etc.

Shinya Shigemi, Associate Professor

Currently pursuing approaches to Digital Text (hypertext) Study through text/story theory adopted as a method of his French literature study with the intent of exploring the possibility of establishing Digital Text Study as a new academic field. Professor Shigemi is also studying 20th Century French modern literature, such as Sartre, from the standpoint of stylistics and story theory. In addition to giving classes on describing technologies to support hypertexts, Shigemi provides students with support and advice on techniques to use computers for research activities in their areas of expertise.

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