[tei-council] signed/list

Paul F. Schaffner PFSchaffner at umich.edu
Tue Nov 22 16:47:08 EST 2011

Yes, that is a good summary. And I know that there are still
ambiguous and intermingled cases -- but I find that this
approach reduces them to a manageable number.

I suspect that (multiple signatories aside), we are not that
far apart: it is just that I have come to regard 'your servant'
'your darling John' etc. as, in effect, part of the signer's
name -- name in the sense of 'self-designation' -- not different
in kind from 'dei gratia rex angliae'.


On Tue, 22 Nov 2011, Lou Burnard wrote:

> Many thanks for this florilegium ... which entirely persuades me (if there 
> were any doubt) that the current statements in the Guidelines about the 
> intended usage of these elements are in serious need of revision.
> Leaving aside syntactic questions, would it be fair to say that for you at 
> least the distinction between "signature" and "salute" is that the latter is 
> always in the vocative -- it is ostensibly addressed to someone -- while the 
> former is always (is there such a word?) "presentative" -- it always 
> ostensibly presents the identity of the writer or signatory ?
> This seems a plausible distinction, but even there it's easy to imagine (or 
> to find) cases where the two are almost inextricably mixed.
> I am (dear sir) your very humble servant
> Lou
> p.s. and I apologise again for not having paid more attention to your note 
> back in september 2010 -- it was obviously too interesting to deal with at 
> the time
>     On 21/11/11 23:33, Paul F. Schaffner wrote:

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