The Graz Project on Quantitative Text Analysis (QuanTA) is an open inter-disciplinary and inter-university research project, which emerged on the initiative of Peter Grzybek (Institute for Slavic Studies, University Graz), Emmerich Kelih (Institute for Slavonic Studies, University Vienna), and Ernst Stadlober (Institute for Statistics, University of Technology Graz) as co-operating partners.
The Graz Project is characterized by the endeavor to apply quantitative (in complementary addition to qualitative) methods in the field of the humanities as one way to overcome the still up-to-date myth of the “two cultures”. In this context, language and linguistic texts are understood to be particular cultural products and specific sign systems within a cultural system. Statistics is considered to be an appropriate meta-language for cultural studies in general, and to provide adequate methodological tools for linguistic studies, as well as for the analysis of other kinds of cultural texts in a broad, semiotic understanding of this term (including, among others, music, film, etc.).