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Digital Humanities Lab

Digital Cultural Heritage



Project Leader: Frits van Oostrom
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The app Vogala, which is available for iPad, Android and online, makes medieval Dutch audible. Vogala brings to life several famous medieval Dutch texts, like Hebban olla vogala nestas hagunnan, Van den vos Reynaerde, scriptural passages, songs, and mystical visions of Hadewijch. It also features Old-Frisian and the Limburgian of the 12th century writer Heinrich von Veldeke. The app allows users to read an old text during its recitation, while also offering a parallel translation into modern Dutch. On top of that, Vogala contains images of the original texts and handwriting. Moreover, the app will regurlarly be enriched with new texts and recordings.