Medieval Nordic Text Archive - Menota

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  • Co-operating institutions:
    1. Denmark
      • Det Danske Sprog- og Litteraturselskab, København (The Danish Language and Literature Society, Copenhagen)
      • Det Kongelige Bibliotek, København (The Royal Library, Copenhagen)
      • Institut for Nordiske Studier og Sprogvidenskab (NorS), Københavns Universitet; herunder Den Arnamagnæanske håndskriftsamling og Ordbog over det norrøne prosasprog (Department of Nordic Studies and Linguistics (NorS), University of Copenhagen; including The Arnamagnæan Manuscript Collection and The Dictionary of Old Norse Prose)
    2. Iceland
      • Stofnun Árna Magnússonar í íslenskum fræðum, Reykjavík (The Árni Magnússon Institute for Icelandic studies, Reykjavik)
    3. Norway
      • Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier, Universitetet i Bergen (Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, University of Bergen)
      • Institutt for nordiske og lingvistiske studier, Universitetet i Oslo (Department of Linguistics and Scandinavian Studies, University of Oslo)
      • Nasjonalbiblioteket, Oslo (The National Library, Oslo)
      • Riksarkivet, Oslo (The National Archives, Oslo)
      • Universitetsbiblioteket, Universitetet i Bergen (University Library, University of Bergen)
    4. Sweden
      • Institutionen för nordiska språk, Uppsala universitet (Department of Scandinavian languages, Uppsala University)
      • Institutionen för svenska språket, Linnéuniversitetet (Department of Swedish language, Linnæus University)
      • Kungliga Biblioteket, Stockholm (The Royal Library, Stockholm)
      • Språkbanken, Göteborgs universitet (The Swedish Language Bank, University of Gothenburg)
      • Svenska fornskriftsällskapet
      • Svenskt Diplomatarium, Riksarkivet, Stockholm (Svenskt Diplomatarium, The National Archives of Sweden, Stockholm)


Menota is a network of leading Nordic archives, libraries and research departments working with medieval texts and manuscript facsimiles. The aim of Menota is to preserve and publish medieval texts in digital form and to adapt and develop encoding standards necessary for this work. The archive accepts texts in the Nordic languages as well as in Latin. By the end of 2017, 40 texts of approx. 1,7 million words were available in the archive. Several texts have been annotated for morphology (lemma and grammatical form), and many also offer corresponding digital facsimiles. Since 2016, Menota has been part of the CLARIN infrastructure.


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The Menota Handbook, currently in v. 3.0 beta. List of versions:


Odd Einar Haugen
LLE - Institutt for lingvistiske, litterære og estetiske studier
University of Bergen
Sydnesplassen 7
5007 Bergen

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