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the humanistic discipline that attempts to reconstruct the transmission of a text (especially a text in manuscript form) on the basis of relations between the various surviving manuscripts (sometimes using cladistic analysis)

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For another, in the introduction to his edition of the PVL, Bugoslavskii delineates "two basic methods of the critique of texts"--the "conjectural method" and the method that "is based on the objective testimony of the very copies, the history of the text," which is what I am calling stemmatics. He describes the conjectural method as taking the "most correct and oldest copy of a text" and consulting other copies only when dissatisfied with the reading in the copy text to search for a better reading.
Moreover, each of the contributors to scholarship on the Middle English Charlemagne cycle approached his work on the vernacular forms from a previously existing interaction with the Latin history of the Pseudo-Turpin: their scholarly ideologies, in other words, promoted consideration of the English texts almost exclusively in terms of those texts' perceived stemmatic descent from Latin.
The stemmatic mechanism obviously self-destructs when imposed upon these vernacular texts.
40142, and he was convinced that it literally sat on the shelves in the Bookshop and must have been the source for all but the Otuel episode of "Charlemagne and Roland." He repeatedly voiced his conviction that "Roland and Vernagu" was written from this particular manuscript of the Turpin, using stemmatic representations as his visual proof much as Loomis had used edited texts to prove that Chaucer must have used the Auchinleck to write "Sir Thopas."
The second article, "Petrucci's Type-Setters and the Process of Stemmatics," posits that two typesetters consistently employed distinct habits in Petrucci's Motetti de la Corona I (Fossombrone, 1514), particularly in their spelling of Latin, the use of minor color, proportion signs, and ligatures.
[15] For an investigation of the function of 'witness' and 'proof ' in the genetic theory of stemmatics, see David Greetham 'Phylum--Tree--Rhizome', Reading from the Margins: Textual Studies, Chaucer, and Medieval Literature, ed.
Discussions of musical stemmatics have generally paid insufficient attention to the possible causes of variant readings.(11) Yet identification of all the main causes, and a systematic attempt to establish which one is most likely to apply in each individual case, can make a substantial contribution to ascertaining the probable reading in a lost autograph score.
I include in the category of "textual criticism" both the relatively more "objective" procedures, such as stemmatic analysis and the more "subjective" ones, such as deciding between variants when the stemmatic analysis is equivocal, while of course recognizing that these are relative terms and that critical judgment must be used in both phases.(60) What Dearing calls "textual analysis" and others call "stemmatics" is a technique that can be used for both textual history - more specifically, for filiation analysis - and for textual criticism.
This ultimately leads him to be able essentially to do away with the problem of conflation, which bedeviled earlier "genealogical" or "stemmatic"" approaches such as that of Maas.
This principle of eliminating derivative witnesses from stemmatic analysis is also known in Western textual criticism and has been enunciated by both Paul Maas for ancient texts and James Thorpe for modern ones.(49) The oldest extant edition at the head of each lineage of editions is what I refer to as the "ancestral redaction."
The principles of textual criticism and stemmatics give secondary importance to the absolute dating of the witnesses.
2, backed up by detailed appendixes at the end of the book); stemmatics and its use as a tool for assessing the relative merits of sources (chap 3); the application of the skills outlined in chapters 2 and 3 for establishing the actual text of an edition (chap.
For example, when the essence of "the work" entailed a large degree of variability in copies and, one infers, in performance, a "best text" method may seem more appropriate than an eclectic text arrived at through stemmatic reconstruction of an "archetype." Each project, each set of possibilities and priorities, as Grier wisely Cautions, engenders its own method.
He includes facsimiles from two manuscripts (Dijon, Bibliotheque Publique, MS 517 and New Haven, Yale University, Beinicke Library for Rare Books, MS 91 -- the "Mellon Chansonnier," which Perkins has studied in full) and leads students systematically through problems of music notation of the 1460s and 1470s, musica ficta (treated brilliantly), text underlay (with helpful examples that immediately identify the perplexing problems faced by modern editors), options concerning barlines, and a discussion about making a "critical report" (including a glimpse into stemmatics, the "family-tree" relat ionships between the surviving sources).
(56.) OliveIle refers here to the stemmatic method, which was touted not as "classical" but "revolutionary, modern, scientific" and "objective" when first proposed by Karl Lachmann in the early decades of the nineteenth century.