Computerized Historical Linguistic Database of Latin Inscriptions of the Imperial Age


The aim of the project ‘Computerized Historical Linguistic Database of the Latin Inscriptions of the Imperial Age’ is to develop and digitally publish (at a comprehensive, computerized historical linguistic database that contains and manages the Vulgar Latin material of the Latin inscriptions as well as papyrus and parchment documents of the Roman Empire roughly between the reigns of Augustus and Charlemagne. This will allow for a more thorough study of the regional changes and differentiation of the Latin language of the Imperial Age in a wider sense and for a multilayer visualization of the discovered structures concerning linguistic geography. The project is realized through the collaboration of the Latin Department of Eötvös Loránd University, Budapest, the Research Group for Latin Historical Linguistics and Dialectology of the HUN-REN Hungarian Research Centre for Linguistics, supported by the project ERC-2022-ADG 101098102, Digital Latin Dialectology (DiLaDi): Tracing Linguistic Variation in the Light of Ancient and Early Medieval Sources (2023-2028) within the Horizon program of the European Research Council, by the National Research, Development and Innovation Office NKFIH (OTKA K 135359 2020-2024, K 124170 2018-2021, K 108399 2014-2017, K 81864 2010-2013 and K 62032 2006-2009), and by the ‘Momentum’ Program of the Hungarian Academy of Sciences (2015-2020).

The basic concept of this project was elaborated by Prof. József Herman (1924-2005) in 1991

Questions or remarks concerning the project should be directed to Béla Adamik (