The group responsible for this revision (and it is only a proposal at
present -- not yet completed or approved by the Council) is led by
Laurent Romary, who is currently in some exotic location far from
e-mail, and therefore has not yet responded.
As best I understand it, the purpose of this new element is to provide a
structured way of representing the kind of dictionary in which entries
are organized primarily to represent the historical ("diachronc")
development of individual senses and forms, rather than simply lumping
etymological information together in one corner. The example cited is
the Tresor de la Langue Francaise, though many other dictionaries (e.g.
the OED, Grimm) could be regarded in the same way. The term "diachrony"
makes good sense in French, perhaps less so in other languages!
There's an example P5 odd demonstrating Laurent's thinking on the
subject at http://www.tei-c.org/P5/Test/testdictionaries.odd -- however
this is very much work in progress. I'm sure he'd be very pleased to
discuss this further with you on his return.
Katrien Depuydt wrote:
> I am currently working on the tei-encoding of the three major
> dictionaries of the Dutch language (the /Dictionary of Early Middle
> Dutch, /the /Medieval Dutch Dictionary/ and the /Dictionary of the Dutch
> language /(i.e. the Dutch parallel of the /OED/). In the new proposal
> for dictionaries in P5, a new element <diachrony> is being introduced.
> Could any one tell me the rationale behind this proposal?
> Katrien Depuydt
> Institute for Dutch Lexicology
> Editor Taalbank
> Postbus 9515
> NL-2300RA Leiden
> tel. +31 71 5272483
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