Identification of participants in the Psalms

A great challenge of reading the Hebrew poetry of the Psalms is the identification of participants. The major cause of this problem is a continual shift in person, number and gender (so-called PNG-shifts) in the text. In this pilot project we used the annotated database of the Hebrew Bible prepared by the Eep Talstra Centre for Bible and Computer to experiment with a systematic analysis of PNG-shifts, the demarcation of direct speech sections (e.g. an oracle by God is often not introduced by such but should be inferred by a change of speaker [God] into addressee [human]), and the identification of participants.