At the crossroads of digital humanities and historical lexicography: The Middle Dutch ‘seemly play (abel spel) of Winter and Summer’ as a research case

AbstractDigitization has changed the concept of dictionaries from merely alphabetically ordered reference works into lexical databases providing flexible search systems with interconnected lemmas. This article investigates ensuing opportunities and useful design options of digitized historical dictionaries as research tools for the study of texts. It appears that we have arrived at an interesting intersection of digital humanities and historical lexicography. The 14th-century ‘seemly play of Winter and Summer’ serves as a research case.