You can look at my PhD thesis (http://purl.org/tfinney/thesis/). I
worked out a way to collate any number of witnesses by creating what I
call a synthetic text. This is not the kind of synthetic text that you
mention. Rather, it is a munge of all the witness texts, from which each
constituent text can be recovered by selecting words in sequence. My
synthetic text is not a true text--it doesn't make sense. E.g. "The fat
cat sat spat on the mat" is the munge created from "The cat spat on the
mat" and "The fat cat sat on the mat."
Daniel O'Donnell wrote:
> Hello all,
> I'm looking for examples of published synthetic or synoptic
> electronic editions; I don't care too much about period or language.
> Does anybody have a handy list available or know where I could find one?
> By synthetic or synoptic, I mean particularly a critical edition
> that attempts to indicate relationships among witnesses to a given text,
> and particularly editions that present an "editorial" text with textual
> apparatus showing readings from multiple witnesses. I know of some
> examples: e.g. the Canterbury Tales Project or Stijn Streuvels De
> Teleurgang van den Waterhoek. I am especially looking for examples in
> which the editor attempts to reconstruct a hypothetical, editorial, or
> emended text that is then associated with a textual apparatus, however
> (the two example I've just cited lean towards a "best witness" reading
> text). Does anybody have any suggestions?
> Thanks in advance.
> Daniel Paul O'Donnell, PhD
> Associate Professor of English
> University of Lethbridge
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