Putting "Der Brenner" on the map
Although the attention of linguists is commonly drawn to other forms than proper nouns, the significance of place names in particular exceeds the usual frame of deictic and indexical functions, as they enfold more than a mere reference in space. The emergence of Geo/Spatial Humanities has prompted for interdisciplinary work on digitized texts. However, especially for historical variants, researchers face a lack of general-purpose methodological and practical tooling in order to apprehend these tokens. In this perspective, I present an exploratory analysis of toponyms in the literary magazine Der Brenner. I focus on the concept of visualization, that is on the processes and not on the products, and discuss the potential of knowledge-based approaches for historical texts and digital collections.