5.0273 Responses: Valencia Mail; Cladistics (2/55)

Elaine Brennan & Allen Renear (EDITORS@BROWNVM.BITNET)
Thu, 8 Aug 1991 17:46:06 EDT

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 5, No. 0273. Thursday, 8 Aug 1991.

(1) Date: Thu, 08 Aug 91 11:40:01 MST (21 lines)
From: Michael Barton <ATCMB@ASUACAD>
Subject: Re: 5.0253 Qs: (Computer Related) (3/36)

(2) Date: Tue, 6 Aug 91 19:26:19 CST (34 lines)
From: (James Marchand) <marchand@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Subject: Cladistics & manuscripts

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Date: Thu, 08 Aug 91 11:40:01 MST
From: Michael Barton <ATCMB@ASUACAD>
Subject: Re: 5.0253 Qs: (Computer Related) (3/36)

Sorry I couldn't reply sooner--I was out sick, and subsequently swamped.
The general address for postmaster at Valencia is:

I have corresponded with Fernando Dura via this address. His direct EMail
address is:

He gave another address of someone responsible for the BITNET node at Valencia:

I hope this is helpful.

Michael Barton, Curator BITNET: ATCMB@ASUACAD
Department of Anthropology INTERNET: ATCMB@ASUVM.INRE.ASU.EDU
Arizona State University
Tempe, AZ 85287-2402
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Date: Tue, 6 Aug 91 19:26:19 CST
From: (James Marchand) <marchand@ux1.cso.uiuc.edu>
Subject: Cladistics & manuscripts

Interestingly enough, the same discussion is going on on Medtextl and
Humanist, name what I have called "dendrology," the tendency to think in
trees. I think it is hard-wired into the human brain. In answer to Bob
O'Hara's call for information on trees etc.: We usually think of
Lachmann as the father of stemmatics, but the first stemma was probably
drawn by Carl Johan Schlyter in his edition of Swedish laws, cf. Goesta
Holm, "Carl Johan Schlyter and Textual Scholarship," Saga och Sed.
Kungl. Gustav Adolfs Akademiens Aarsbok, 1972, 50-80. The best books
on drawing stemmata and editing are still Paul Maas, Textual Criticism,
tr. Barbara Flower (Oxford, 1958) and O. Staehlin, Editionstechnik, 2d
ed. (1914), but you undoubtedly know them.

A good book on the sort of things linguists draw is: Ann Harleman
Stewart, Graphic Representation of Models in Linguistic Theory (Indiana
U. Press, 1976). We linguists do not go very far back, and she is no
exception. The "decision trees" of Chomsky and his followers look
suspiciously like Trees of Porphyry, and though the air is sometimes
purple at LSA meetings, no one seems to have noticed this. Arthur
Watson's excellent book, The Early Iconography of the Tree of Jesse
(London: OUP, 1934), does a fine job with early examples of trees.
Just in passing, let me mention Mathematical Graph Theory, with its
trees and its impossibilities (Jordan Curve Theorem; I am sure I
misspelled the name). It is good to look at mathematics at times; the
18th century would not have doodled away its time if it had read Euler
on the Seven Bridges to Koenigsberg. In fact, I just remembered.
Kroeber (the anthropologist) wrote something in Language in the early
fifties on the use of numerical taxonomy (a la Sokal & Sneath) in

Jim Marchand