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Title: Studies in Stemmatology II
Edited By: Pieter van Reenen
August den Hollander
Margot van Mulken
URL: http://www.benjamins.com/cgi-bin/t_bookview.cgi?bookid=Z%20125

Stemmatology is the discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts. The object of this volume is the evaluation of the most recent methods and techniques in the field of stemmatology, as well as the development of new ones. The book is largely interdisciplinary in character: it contains contributions from scholars from classical, historical, biblical, medieval and modern language studies, as well as from mathematical and computer scientists and biologists. The contributions in the book have been divided into two sections. The first section deals with various stemmatological methods and techniques. The second section focuses more specifically on the various problems concerning textual variation.

An earlier volume on Studies in Stemmatology was published in 1996 and opened the most actual state of the art in stemmatology to a broad audience. That first volume was very well received by stemmatologists and also gave an impulse to new research, as several articles in the current volume clearly illustrate.

Table of contents

Prologue vii

Stemmatological methods and techniques

Parallels between stemmatology and phylogenetics
Christopher Howe, Adrian Barbrook, Linne Mooney and Peter Robinson 3

Problems of a highly contaminated tradition: the New Testament: Stemmata of variants as a source of a genealogy for witnesses
Gerd Mink 13

Kinds of variant in the manuscript tradition of the Greek New Testament
Klaus Wachtel 87

How shock waves revealed successive contamination: A cardiogram of early sixteenth-century printed Dutch Bibles
August den Hollander 99

The manuscript tradition of the Cligés of Chrétien de Troyes: A stemmatological approach
Margot van Mulken 113

Textual variation

Genealogy by chance! On the significance of accidental variation (parallelisms)
Ulrich Schmid 127

Constructing initial binary trees in stemmatology
Evert Wattel 145

Trouble in the trees! Variant selection and tree construction illustrated by the texts of Targum Judges
Willem F. Smelik 167

Scribal variations: When are they genealogically relevant - and when are they to be considered as instances of 'mouvance'?
Lene Schøsler 207

The effects of weighting kinds of variants
Matthew Spencer, Linne Mooney, Adrian Barbrook, Barbara Bordalejo,
Christopher Howe and Peter Robinson 227

Cluster analysis and the Three Level Method in the study of the Gospels in
Dina Mironova 241

Different kinds of tradition in Targum Jonathan to Isaiah
Alberdina Houtman 269

Valentin and Namelos discover their parentage: Narrative elements in the family tree of an international medieval tale
Annelies Roeleveld, Erika Langbroek and Evert Wattel 285

Index 305

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Text/Corpus Linguistics
Subject Language(s): Dutch
Greek, Modern
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1588115356
ISBN-13: 9781588115355
Pages: xii, 312 pp.
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ISBN: 9027232229
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Pages: xii, 312 pp.
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