[Humanist] 24.776 impediments to authorship attribution?
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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 24, No. 776.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Fri, 11 Mar 2011 13:49:24 -0800 (PST)
From: Tom Salyers <tsalyers at yahoo.com>
Subject: Question for Humanist
[A question about a complex authorship problem]
I'm in the middle of my PhD thesis, which involves using stylometry for
authorship attribution in collaboratively-written Elizabethan plays or (plays
reworked by subsequent playwrights). I'm working on a chapter right now that
revolves around how hard it is to distinguish one author's style from another
when the original manuscripts are unavailable. Since the texts from the period
have been through the hands of editors, compositors, etc., over the last four
hundred years, trying to determine an author's individual style when all traces
of the original spelling, punctuation, lineation, and so on have been lost is
difficult at best and near-impossible at worst.
I'm trying to find sources that discuss this sort of problem. I'm looking in
the usual places like JSTOR and the MLA Bibliography, and I've got one
researcher's work I'm going to chase down (Joseph Rudman), but I was wondering
if anyone had any other good leads on this sort of thing. Thanks in advance for
any and all pointers.
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