Editing Correspondence with TEI [3 changes to opt out]

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Presentation on the scholarly editing of letters [correspondence material] using DALF [Digital Archive of Letters in Flanders], a customization of TEI.

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Editing Correspondence with TEI [3 changes to opt out]

  1. 1. Edward Vanhoutte° & Ron Van den Branden* Royal Academy of Dutch Language & Literature °* University College London Centre for Digital Humanities° LLC: The Journal of Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (OUP) °* edward.vanhoutte@kantl.be ron.vandenbranden@kantl.be Digital Humanities Summer School @ KULeuven – 18/09/2013 Editing Correspondence with TEI [3 chances to opt out]
  2. 2. So You Want to Edit Correspondence?
  3. 3. ● Description ● Transcription ● Annotation
  4. 4. So You Want to Edit Correspondence with TEI?
  5. 5. ● Description ● Transcription ● Annotation → Encoding
  6. 6. Encoding ● Model ● Vocabulary ● Syntax ● Praxis
  7. 7. Model ● Theory of the text ● Definition of the text
  8. 8. What is a letter? Siegfried Scheibe By a "letter" we understand written messages, information or orders which are meant to inform other persons (the addressee) and which were not written for publication. As a rule, they have a standard form beginning with a salutation, ending with a signature and frequently containing a date
  9. 9. What is a letter? Postal Definition An informative writing in the form of an address to one or more absent persons sealed, provided with an address and sent.
  10. 10. What is a letter? Communicative definition Roman Jakobson [1960]
  11. 11. Model
  12. 12. Vocabulary 6 Constituent Functions ● sender (<sender>) ● message itself (<body> of the letter) ● recipient (<recipient>) ● references to extra linguistic reality eg. <title>, <name>, <place>, <date>, etc. ● language of the letter (<language>) ● physical features of a letter eg. the collation (<collation>) eg. features of the envelope(<envelope>)
  13. 13. Vocabulary 6 Communicative Functions ● emotive: expressivity, register ● poetic: way in which a message attracts attention to its own internal organisation (eg. Rendition) ● conative: stylistics ● referential: grammar ● meta-lingual: glosses, annotations ● phatic: pragmatics starting and maintaining the contact (eg. <opener>, <closer>)
  14. 14. Vocabulary & Syntax TEI: Text Encoding Initiative
  15. 15. Vocabulary & Syntax TEI: Text Encoding Initiative The TEI Guidelines are designed to be customized, and specific projects and disciplinary groups often create customized versions reflecting particular needs and practices.
  16. 16. Vocabulary & Syntax TEI: Text Encoding Initiative ● no dedicated TEI module ● scarce practice in digital letter editing → Customized extension of TEI = DALF
  17. 17. Vocabulary & Syntax DALF: Digital Archive of Letters in Flanders 1. Standard TEI subsets 2. Modifications of standard TEI vocabulary & syntax <elements> @attributes !content models 3. New vocabulary & syntax <elements> @attributes !content models
  18. 18. Vocabulary & Syntax StreuLet.dtd [1998]
  19. 19. Vocabulary & Syntax dalf.dtd [2003] & Documentation http://ctb.kantl.be/project/dalf/
  20. 20. Praxis
  21. 21. Praxis No other part of your edition will express your theory & interpretation of the text more than the encoding.
  22. 22. Praxis No other part of your edition will express your theory & interpretation of the text more than the encoding. → So you better love it
  23. 23. Praxis No other part of your edition will express your theory & interpretation of the text more than the encoding. → This is modeling @ work
  24. 24. DALF Digital Archive of Letters in Flanders ● Digital ● Archive ● Letters ● Flanders
  25. 25. DALF Digital Archive of Letters in Flanders ● Long-term project ● Umbrella project ● Developing general methodology for letter editions ● Stimulation the international debate ● Empowering digital editing of letters
  26. 26. So You Want to make a Digital Edition of Letters?
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