Mapping urban fingerprints of odonyms automatically extracted from French novels

Abstract : In this paper, we propose and discuss a methodology to map the spatial fingerprints of novels and authors based on all of the named urban roads (i.e., odonyms) extracted from novels. We present several ways to explore Parisian space and fictional landscapes by interactively and simultaneously browsing geographical space and literary text. Our project involves building a platform capable of retrieving, mapping and analyzing the occurrences of named urban roads in novels in which the action occurs wholly or partly in Paris. This platform will be used in several areas, such as cultural tourism, urban research, and literary analysis. The paper focuses on extracting named urban roads and mapping the results for a sample of 31 novels published between 1800 and 1914. Two approaches to the annotation of odonyms are compared. First, we describe a proof of concept using queries made via the TXM textual analysis platform. Then, we describe an automatic process using a natural language processing (NLP) method. Additionally, we mention how the geo-semantic information annotated from the text (e.g., a structure combining verbs, spatial relations, named entities, adjectives and adverbs) can be used to automatically characterize the semantic content associated with named urban roads.
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Ludovic Moncla, Mauro Gaio, Thierry Joliveau, Yves-François Le Lay, Noémie Boeglin, et al.. Mapping urban fingerprints of odonyms automatically extracted from French novels. International Journal of Geographical Information Science, Taylor & Francis, In press, ⟨10.1080/13658816.2019.1584804⟩. ⟨hal-02070456⟩

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