Ambiguous Characters (Leiden underdotted)

2017-12-12

Character of which at least traces survive, but not adequately to identify the letter unambiguously outside of its context.

An incomplete or ill-executed character whose interpretation would be ambiguous outside of its context (traditionally rendered with an underdot in Leiden) should be tagged using the unclear element (Cf. Damaged but not ambiguous characters). The EpiDoc use of unclear is concerned specifically with the physical preservation or execution of the characters.

The unclear element may be given the attribute reason, but this is not required by EpiDoc, as the use of the unclear element is sufficient to meet the distinctions that the Leiden conventions make.

It is important to note that the EpiDoc use of the unclear element is very significantly more restricted than the default TEI definition, which allows for a large variety of elements to appear within unclear. For example, default TEI would allow unclear to contain elements such as <persName>, <date>, <num>, and <choice>. In EpiDoc, because the category "unclear" refers to the physical state of specific characters on the support, and not to editorial ambiguity or uncertainty about the interpretation of words or names, for example, only character data or a <g> tag may appear inside the unclear element. Stretches of ambiguous text that span words, lines, names, dates, or other tagged features, should therefore be marked with multiple unclear elements.

Krummrey/Panciera 1980 III.3; Panciera 1991 12.I; Sosin 2011: ạḅc̣

<unclear>abc</unclear>
(Panciera)
<unclear>T</unclear>
<supplied reason="lost">rai</supplied>ani

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • London style: Ṭ[rai]ani
(IRT: 27)
<supplied reason="lost">Δ</supplied>
<unclear reason="damage">η</unclear>μοφάντου

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • London style: [Δ]η̣μοφάντου
(InsAph: 11.223)
συμβόλου μ<unclear>ία</unclear>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: συμβόλου μί̣α̣
(DDbDP: bgu.1.102)
<w>
 <unclear>Ἀνέθη</unclear>σα<unclear>ν</unclear>
</w>
<w>
 <unclear>οἱ</unclear>
</w>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • London style: Ἀ̣ν̣έ̣θ̣η̣σαν̣ ο̣ἱ̣
Clau<unclear>dio</unclear>
<unclear>Tib</unclear>
<supplied reason="lost">eriano</supplied>

Transformation using the example EpiDoc P5 stylesheets:

  • Duke Databank style: Clauḍịọ Ṭịḅ[eriano]
(DDbDP: c.ep.lat..142)

Responsibility for this section

  1. Gabriel Bodard, author
  2. Charlotte Tupman, author

EpiDoc version: 9.0

Date: 2017-12-12