Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 412. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org  From: Dr. Herbert Wender
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.410: the McGann-Renear debate (28)  From: Desmond Schmidt Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.410: the McGann-Renear debate (56) -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-02-01 23:08:41+00:00 From: Dr. Herbert Wender Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.410: the McGann-Renear debate Gabriel, Your replique against Desmond sounds plausible, but I'm not convinced at all. Looking in the older dramatic traditions you will find enough examples showing the following regularities: What in English is named 'act' and in German 'Aufzug' means that an empty stage will be filled with characters; changed in character constellations appear in the printed representation of the play as numbered 'scenes' resp. 'Auftritte'. The whole can be seen as a chain of events structured by a series of greater and smaller 'cuts'. the more one can have the impression that 'form follows function', will say: the cuts are expressing a plausible logic of action, the more one would judge: that play is 'well-done', and in most cases then we have to judge that some scenes are more important than others. But this differences in weight have nothing to do with the sequential structure in which they are siblings. But we should leave the level of splitting words. The scandal behind those discussions is indeed a 'totalitarian' touch in the ubiquitous propagating of "XML/TEI" - without differentiating between the format of transmission and the interpretive (and in some regards restrictive) modeling of (literary) texts. At least we should discuss the necessity of a future chapter "Dirty tricks" in the TEI Guidelines to cope with textual anomalies found in the wild of literary heritage. As every typesetter knows: There are more things in the world of letters than a straightforward thinker can conceive of. With the usual apologies for the poor English and the typing slitches, Herbert -------------------------------------------------------------------------- Date: 2019-02-01 20:17:15+00:00 From: Desmond Schmidt Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.410: the McGann-Renear debate Herbert, I'm not a deep philosopher of what text is. All I said was that the hierarchies are artefacts of the markup language and are not fundamental to the text. James, XML is a markup language (eXtensible markup LANGUAGE). All computer-parseable languages have a grammar, and grammatical rules necessarily nest. Even an empty XML tag is a hierarchy of the text-tokens that make it up. It doesn't matter how you split up your encoding, each part, if parseable by a machine, is hierarchical. Now you can use the markup language to describe a non-hierarchical structure, like a graph, but the fundamental hierarchy of the language itself remains. Your point about only marking up semantically what is pertinent to a particular investigation underlines my point that we cannot possibly encode all semantic information in a text. Marking up 0.01% of the meaning is not useful to another researcher who wants a different 0.01%. So it would appear that the original semantic encoding was mostly a waste of effort if we intend to share the texts. On readability I was referring to the ability of the human encoder to read what they are editing, not a computer "reading" it for processing purposes. On 31/1/2019 Peter Robinson wrote: >Accordingly: a better model for the two trees is that of a single set of > leaves, shared by the two trees. Sounds good, until you have to encode it like that, share, maintain it and get other people to work on it. For these purposes the simpler you can make your encoding the more generally usable it is. On 31/1/2019 Gabriel Egan wrote >All the dialogue lines occur inside speeches, all the speeches >occur inside scenes, and all the scenes occur inside acts, >and there are exactly five acts. Well, that's your analysis. Another way to analyse it is to say that the headings for scenes and acts are simply in italics or a big font. In any case your example is not perfect: sometimes speeches are inside lines and sometimes lines are inside speeches. How do you explain that? -- Dr Desmond Schmidt Mobile: 0481915868 Work: +61-7-31384036 _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: email@example.com List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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