What Can Stylometry Learn From Its Application to Middle Dutch Literature?

Mike Kestemont


‘Stylometry’ is a rapidly evolving subdiscipline of computational philology, focusing on the quantitative study of (literary) style. In recent years, stylometry has had some interesting applications in the field of Middle Dutch studies, especially in the domain of authorship attribution and scribe identification. In this paper I will highlight and discuss the main insights gained in these contributions. It will appear that these studies raise some challenging issues that deserve stylometry’s careful consideration in coming years.


Middle Dutch literature; Stylometry; Authorship attribution; Stylistics; Digital Humanities

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