"ye": "the" vs. "thee"?

Joel S. Berson Berson at ATT.NET
Thu Oct 2 15:22:46 UTC 2008

At 10/2/2008 10:31 AM, David Bowie wrote:
>As with nearly any transcription, of course, it depends on the purpose
>of the transcription. For example, if i'm teaching a course where i need
>my students to deal with textual conventions, the replacement of <y>
>with <th> and <{yogh}> with <g> are problematic. If i'm just trying to
>get them to read the texts, those replacements aren't as big a deal.

Thanks, David.  My target is the latter of your two
possibilities.  In fact, I might better have described what I am
doing as quoting from 18th century printed documents, rather than
transcribing.  So I do "transcribe" some things, like lowering raised
letters and expanding some contractions, and -- the thing I was in
momentary doubt about -- changing those "ye"s that are "the"s to "the".


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