Ambiguous Characters (Leiden underdotted)

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.)

Note that the EpiDoc use of the unclear element is significantly more restricted than the default TEI definition. In EpiDoc, because the category "unclear" refers specifically to the physical state of the letters 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, or other tagged features, should therefore be marked with multiple unclear elements.

‘ạḅc̣’Hans Krummrey/Silvio Panciera III.3Silvio Panciera 12.IJosh Sosin
<unclear>abc</unclear>
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<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)

Responsibility for this section

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

EpiDoc version: 8.19

Date: 2014-07-31