Jonathan Robie wrote:
Alan Bunning wrote:Yes, that is the kind of analysis I was looking for. Thanks, that is very helpful.
Stephen is doing a lot of really helpful work in this thread, isn't he!
Yes, and I am thankful for Jonathan and others who have responded as well. I am hoping to bring this process to conclusion by the end of this weekend, so if you still want to weigh in on some of these words please do so. Otherwise, I am just going to make the call and a lot of them will be considered spelling errors. For those who are interested, here’s where this is going next:
1. I will refresh my transcriptions with the updates, only you won’t get to see them until I get a new website that I can update. I made about 100 changes, mostly word divisions, but there were 6-7 typos I found. This process was one of many quality control steps to check my transcription process. The fact that only 6-7 typos were found so far out of 57 million characters gives me some confidence.
2. Each word has now been identified to a lexical entry showing alternative forms, alternative spellings, misspellings, and errors. Alternative spellings allow for the rules αι = ε, οι = υ, ο = ω, ει = ι as well as some consonant substitutions, allowing for doubled consonants, etc. Misspellings are those words that go beyond these rules. Errors are mostly stray characters. The “correct” lexical form will then be identified based on its usage in the manuscripts. I already know that there are several places where every early manuscript is in agreement with how a word is spelled, and every modern critical text deviates from that. I have been very surprised at how different the orthography is compared to the middle ages Greek that I was taught. At first I was going to simply call the “correct” lexical form the form with the most word counts. But I realized that the large manuscripts (01-05) would simply skew the results to their spellings. So a better approach would be to let each manuscript “vote” as to how it thinks each word should be spelled. That, or I could let the vote occur on a word by word basis based on its column in the collation, and then tally the total votes for each word. Opinions?
3. The lexical data will then be applied to the collation and then it will be visually inspected for errors. Since Perseus identified about 2500 words, there is no guarantee that it always chose the right form. Once this is done, it should also get rid of all of those occasional alignment errors that occur in the collation. The computer used to have to guess if a word was the same or not, and now it will know if it is meant to be the same word or not.
4. One day I will eventually move on to do the morphological parsing of all of the words and finishing this process will make that process a whole lot easier.