Project Director: Professor Bjarke Frellesvig, Professor of Japanese Linguistics, University of Oxford
This project is developing a comprehensive annotated, digital corpus of all texts from the ‘Old Japanese’ period, that is, the earliest attested stage of the Japanese language, mainly the 8th century AD. The corpus (the OCOJ) will contain:
(1) the texts (in original script and transcription, and with a large amount of information about the texts encoded);
(2) translations of the texts into English;
(3) an associated, linked bilingual Old Japanese – English dictionary.
The OCOJ will be published online and continuously updated, and it will be made easily accessible through a web based interface. It will constitute dynamic and constantly evolving research and reference resources of lasting value to scholars and students of the early language, writing, literature, religion, history, and civilization of Japan.
It will furthermore provide wide and easy general access to a large body of important texts and materials for anyone, including the general public, interested in Japanese language, history and culture.