4844Re: [Synoptic-L] counts of word tokens
- May 9 4:28 AMRon rightly comments:
It might be worth noting that the figure here for Mark includes
both the longer and shorter endings, whose originality is denied
even by the modern text's editors.
The Fribergs' text which is one of the most useful for this
kind of thing does include these, and also other contested
items. If extras are there, they can be removed before doing
a specific count, but if they aren't there you couldn't count
them if you did need to do so. (For example there are also some 80
instances of words in square brackets.) When processing text for
counts one has to think about this sort of thing. Someone
looking at the rival endings of Mark would wish to have these
in the database before setting up specific files for counts.
With agreements between two or more texts the biggest cause of trouble
is probably the difference between exact and partial agreements.
Poirier's article definitely pays a lot of attention to those
who have wrestled with that, and the items by Abakuks should
also be noted.
David Mealand, University of Edinburgh
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