Handling primary sources in TEI XML
Abbreviations are highly characteristic of manuscript materials of
all kinds. Western MSS traditionally distinguish:
- the first letter or letters of the
word are written, generally followed by a point, or other marker: for
example e.g. for exempla gratia
- both first and last letters are
written, generally with some other mark of abbreviation such as a
superscript stroke, or, less commonly, a point or points: e.g.
Mr. for Mister.
- Special signs or tittels, such as the
Tironian nota used for ‘et’,
the letter p with a barred tail commonly used for
per, the letter c with a circumflex used for cum
- Superscript letters (vowels or
consonants) are often used to indicate various kinds of
contraction: e.g. w followed by superscript
ch for which.
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