[globaloutlookDH-l] When citing emails, do people silently correct typos?

Alex Gil colibri.alex at gmail.com
Sat Feb 1 11:32:45 MST 2014

Tough call, Dan. I would quote as is and put the onus of prejudice on the
reader. A simple note on the bottom stating quotes are verbatim should do.
Chances are the editor will come back demanding you follow a particular
protocol, and that's a whole different story there.

On Sat, Feb 1, 2014 at 1:21 PM, Daniel O'Donnell
<daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca>wrote:

>  I have a question for advice from this group that might have political
> implications.
> In an article I'm about to submit, I cite a number of discussions on this
> list and humanist about the use of language, especially English. The
> authors are both native English speakers and non-native speakers and, as is
> typical in emails, there are a number of small typos. solecisms, and the
> like.
> Currently, I have a note at the first citation indicating that "as is
> normal in as conversational a medium as email correspondence, the quoted
> passages have small typographical errors and other solecisms. These have
> not been corrected or otherwise noted." My reason for this is that I don't
> want to put in a lot of sic or corrections in square brackets. Although I'm
> a terrible typo offender myself, the case can be more politicised it seems
> to me when dealing with non-native speakers. I'm uncomfortable acting
> either as judge or, worse, in my case, calling attention to
> "errors"--especially since I think they are really more issues of register
> than actual errors.
> I could silently correct them, of course, as well, but I don't like that
> either, in case what I think is an obvious correction turns out to
> misrepresent something.
> What do other people think? I've seen *sic* used before as a form of ad
> hominem attack and so I generally really hate using it if I can avoid it.
> But since it also seems nuts to pepper the correspondence with square
> brackets (and since that could have the same effect as a lot of sics), I
> don't want to do that either.
> Is there a better solution than simply flagging the register difference,
> as I currently do?
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> University of Lethbridge
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