"That's" surely would not have been pronounced "that is," at least in this
context, a poem. Elsewhere in the MS I'm transcribing, pentametre lines with
extra syllables have been contracted through abbreviation "corrections" --
for example, the "is" in "it is" scratched and replaced with "'s." Indeed,
there are instances where a word which we would pronounce as disyllabic has
been changed presumably to accommodate the metre -- e.g., "paved" to
I like very much your solution for processing purposes. But while the
enclitic-standard formula suggests an important difference between
abbreviation for prosodic purposes and that which is merely a convenient
scribal shorthand, is enclitic the right term?
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Subject: Re: [TEI-L] abbr within abbr
Is "that's" for "that is" really an abbreviation? The usual early modern
abbreviation is, I suppose, a written form that is a shortening of the
word as it would have been pronounced. Your choice of words ('spoiled by
an extra syllable') implies "that's" would not have been pronounced as
"that is". So if it is an abbreviation, it is an abbreviation of a
different kind, which the type attribute on the abbr element might
So you might have
and your stylesheet would have the choice to expand type="standard"
abbreviations and not the type="enclitic" ones.