Anke de Looper - John Benjamins Publishing Co. delooper at
Thu Aug 8 14:33:37 UTC 1996

John Benjamins Publishing Company is a small publishing company, based in
The Netherlands, with a well-established list in linguistics and related
fields. Earlier this year we published a book that might be of interest to
your readership, and we would appreciate it very much if you would please be
so kind as to post the following on your lists.
Thank you very much for your attention.
Yours sincerely,
Anke de Looper
Pieter van Reenen & Margot van Mulken (eds)
1996, John Benjamins Publishing Company
xvi + 311 pp, ISBN 90 272 2153 7, Hfl. 140,- (Hb)
Stemmatology, the study of the relations between texts, can be considered as
a sciences basic to the study of older languages and text history.
        This volume contains selected papers from the Amsterdam Free University
Stemmatological Colloquia 1990-1993. All papers focus on new directions in
textuology and manuscript affiliation, and especially on the use of computer
science in this field.
        The theoretical implications of computer-assisted stemma construction ar
explored. In combination with achievements in codicology and paleography,
these investigations allow for dealing with the major problems in
textuology: extreme complex and entangled manuscript traditions.
        Following an introductory chapter, Part 1 presents six theoretical
contributions on stemmatology. Part 2 deals with auxiliary fields in
textuology, and in Part 3 applications of the previously developed
theoretical fields are presented.
   Pieter van Reenen and Margot van Mulken   vii
PART I: Methodological Approaches
Cladistics or the Resurrection of the Method of Lachmann
   Ben J.P. Salemans   3
Computer-Assisted Stemmatic Analysis and 'Best-Text' Historical Editing
   Peter M.W. Robinson   71
Shock Waves and Text Traditions
   Evert Wattel and Margot van Mulken   105
Clustering Stemmatological Trees
   Evert Wattel   123
Weighted Formal Support of a Pedigree
   Evert Wattel and Margot van Mulken   135
The Analysis of Early Islamic Traditions and Chains of Transmission
   A.D. van Reenen   169
PART II: Subject-Related Observations
Medieval Dossiers and Modern Stemmas
   J.B. Voorbij   209
Textual Incompatibility and Many-Pronged Stemmata
   William R. Veder   233
PART III: Applications to Manuscript Traditions
Which Variants are Useful in Discovering the Deep Structure of the
Manuscript Tradition of a Text?
   Karl-Heinz Uthemann   249
>From Variant to Pedigree in the 'Charroi de Nimes'
   Pieter van Reenen and Lene Schosler   263
INDEX   305

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