On the issue of St Petersburg being in use over two non-contiguous time
periods, for a simple solution I'd use two placeName elements, one with
the first date range and one with the second.
On 13-04-17 07:43 AM, Thomas A. Carlson wrote:
> Dear all,
> I'm working on a project which is using TEI to create (de novo)
> parsed descriptions of places, and I have hit a sticking point which
> I am unsure how to resolve, so I thought I'd ask if anyone has a
> recommended solution. The goal is to have a <place> with a series of
> <placeName> elements, and for each <placeName> have a corresponding
> list of attestations, that is, a list of references to (dated, if
> possible) passages in ancient, medieval, and modern texts which use
> this form of the name. Such lists of attestations would not only
> allow humans to see which authors prefer which names for a given
> place, but would also allow automated analysis of which names were
> used in certain periods.
> At present we have: <place xml:id="place-78" type="city"> <placeName
> xml:lang="en" source="#bib78-1 #bib78-2 #bib78-5
> #bib78-6">Edessa</placeName> <placeName xml:lang="en"
> source="#bib78-1">Urfa</placeName> <placeName xml:lang="syr"
> source="#bib78-3 #bib78-5">ܐܘܪܗܳܝ</placeName> <placeName
> xml:lang="ar" source="#bib78-4">الرها</placeName> <!-- ... ---> <bibl
> xml:id="bib78-1"><!-- first bibliographic entry ---></bibl> <bibl
> xml:id="bib78-2"><!-- second bibliographic entry ---></bibl> <bibl
> xml:id="bib78-3"><!-- third bibliographic entry ---></bibl> <bibl
> xml:id="bib78-4"><!-- fourth bibliographic entry ---></bibl> <bibl
> xml:id="bib78-5"><!-- fifth bibliographic entry ---></bibl> <bibl
> xml:id="bib78-6"><!-- sixth bibliographic entry ---></bibl> </place>
> But this does not scale well for hundreds of attestations, nor does
> it obviously allow temporal annotation. <placeName> does allow
> datable attributes (@when, @from, @to, @notBefore, @notAfter), but
> that would not be able to capture names going out of fashion and then
> returning to fashion (I might think of St. Petersburg).
> We would also like to include lists of attestations for <state>
> Any suggestions for how to obtain the desired lists of attestations
> would be very welcome. Also, if any of you know of other geographic
> projects encoding place data in TEI, I would love to hear of them!
> Thanks, Thomas.
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