[tei-council] Chapter 9 - Dictionaries

Syd Bauman Syd_Bauman at Brown.edu
Mon Feb 4 01:29:28 EST 2008

> > 2) Since <sense> is defined (not in the source) as grouping info
> > related to "definitions, examples, and translation equivalents",
> > while I see <cit type="example"> used, what about also allowing
> > <eg>? Maybe an example could also be given of how a translation
> > equivalent would be encoded (e.g., with @xml:lang)? And are these
> > really "citations"?

> I agree that there is a case to be made for permitting <eg> here --
> it is permitted, in fact if the appropriate modules are included in
> the schema. There is clearly some overlap in meaning between <eg>
> and <quote> in this context, though most dictionaries tend to
> prefer to use real life quotations rather than made up examples,
> which is why <cit> is proposed: this element also gives the
> opportunity of associating a quotation with its source, or some
> other structure.

While I agree there is a case to be made for <eg>, it seems to me that
<quote> is the correct element to use. To me <cit> only makes sense
when there is also a citation of the source for a quotation, and you
want to wrap them together. I still do not understand its use to
encode the quotation itself. Seems to me <eg> makes more sense than
<cit>, and <quote> makes more sense than <eg>.

The <quote> element is specifically intended to encode passages
quoted from sources outside the text, whether correctly or not,
whether real or contrived, whether originally spoken or written.
(Or signed.)

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