Studies in Stemmatology II

Studies in Stemmatology II

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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.

Both volumes are of interest to scholars in (historical) linguistics, literary studies, Bible studies, classical studies, medieval studies, and history.
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  • Hardback | 312 pages
  • 152.4 x 223.52 x 20.32mm | 635.03g
  • John Benjamins Publishing Co
  • Amsterdam, Netherlands
  • English
  • 1588115356
  • 9781588115355

Table of contents

1. Prologue; 2. Stemmatological methods and techniques; 3. Parallels between stemmatology and phylogenetics (by Howe, Christopher); 4. Problems of a highly contaminated tradition: the New Testament: Stemmata of variants as a source of a genealogy for witnesses (by Mink, Gerd); 5. Kinds of variant in the manuscript tradition of the Greek New Testament (by Wachtel, Klaus); 6. How shock waves revealed successive contamination: A cardiogram of early sixteenth-century printed Dutch Bibles (by Hollander, August den); 7. The manuscript tradition of the Cliges of Chretien de Troyes: A stemmatological approach (by Mulken, Margot van); 8. Textual variation; 9. Genealogy by chance! On the significance of accidental variation (parallelisms) (by Schmid, Ulrich); 10. Constructing initial binary trees in stemmatology (by Wattel, Evert); 11. Trouble in the trees! Variant selection and tree construction illustrated by the texts of Targum Judges (by Smelik, Willem F.); 12. Scribal variations: When are they genealogically relevant - and when are they to be considered as instances of 'mouvance'? (by Schosler, Lene); 13. The effects of weighting kinds of variants (by Spencer, Matthew); 14. Cluster analysis and the Three Level Method in the study of the Gospels in Slavonic (by Mironova, Dina); 15. Different kinds of tradition in Targum Jonathan to Isaiah (by Houtman, Alberdina); 16. Valentin and Namelos discover their parentage: Narrative elements in the family tree of an international medieval tale (by Roeleveld, Annelies); 17. Index
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