If you link some <gloss> elements to <term> tags, and some to a
different type of tag (whatever you're using for examples), then that in
itself is a method of distinguishing them (in XPath/XSLT, at any rate).
It may seem a bit indirect, but it's very practical, and saves using any
attribute at all.
Stephen SHIMANEK wrote:
> Hi all,
> First, apologies for my last message in which the first paragraph
> was garbled and unclear due to rapid typing. I sent this correction
> through last night, but it appears that if the listserve is in CC: it
> does not go through.
> My problem is simple: it seems that gloss does not allow for type
> attributes (unless I am mistaken).
> But we need to code both _definitions of terms_ and _translations of
> examples_ in a corpus of linguistic texts. Martin suggested that I use
> gloss for the latter, citing the definition of <gloss> given in the
> <gloss> identifies a phrase or word used to provide a gloss or
> definition for some other word or phrase.
> My problem is that we will need to dissociate these two (very different)
> types of gloss. Someone searching for examples of particular verbs
> (like the ergative "break") in a corpus of linguistic texts might very
> well be interested in glosses of related examples in other languages.
> Giving them the option of searching through all of the elements typed as
> "examples" (whether they be <cit>, <q>, <mention>, or <gloss>) would be
> beneficial. On the other hand, it would be nice to be able to search
> for linguistic terminology both in that which has been marked up with a
> tag <term>, but also in the definitions of these terms, which I gather
> should also be marked with <gloss>.
> Has any thought been given to dissociating these two cases covered by
> the tag?
> Best wishes,
> Steve Shimanek