On Fri, Aug 03, 2001 at 08:35:48AM +0100, Michael Beddow wrote:
> May not a future
> researcher be interested in knowing, not just where Shakespeare is
> quoted ("Query returned 10,879,458 hits, would you like to refine
> it?"), but where citations specifically of Mark Antony's
> oration are to be found.
Indeed. But this is perhaps best done with a combination of markup
and textual analysis. It's the <emphasis>mis</emphasis>quotations
that are hardest, because they are often not amenable to existing tools.
The horse hesitated. To pee or not to pee, that is equestrian.
To mark this up usefully, one would need to indicate not just that
the second sentence is a quotation, but that it's a deliberately
erroneous one, and to give the attribution.
But now consider, if you will, "These are but wild and whirling words".
It is an exact quote from Hamlet I.v., so that with or without attribution
textual analysis software is likely to find it even with no assitance
from the markup.
But given a text with attributions marked up, one can easily ask,
who was quoted? or, further, who was quoted by whom?
I can see how to do that, but probably Perseus has already walked that
path into the rose-garden, so to speak, and waits for us by the pool.
Liam Quin - Barefoot in Toronto - [log in to unmask] - http://www.holoweb.net/
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Author, Open Source XML Database Toolkit, Wiley August 2000
Co-author: The XML Specification Guide, Wiley 1999; Mastering XML, Sybex 2001