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

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Sat Feb 1 11:47:15 MST 2014


I like that idea for 3), though I think I'll leave the explanation in 
now, because it needs to go through a press and editors. I confess, I 
don't even like the idea of correcting them: that is what email is.


On 14-02-01 11:34 AM, Nishant Shah wrote:
> Hey Dan,
> This is a great question, and one that a lot of us working with online 
> transcripts and with non-standard Englishes constantly face.
> With a collection I was editing, working with writers from Asia, 
> Africa and Latin America, where the writers were not native speakers 
> and also not professionally used to writing, we faced a similar 
> dilemma which eventually, we resolved in the following ways:
> 1. Except for when the syntax was so irregular that the citation was 
> unintelligible, we contacted the sources and checked if they want to 
> re-write it, or if our corrections were still representing what they 
> meant.
> 2. Like in oral ethnography projects, we retained the irregularities 
> of 'written speech', and we used that as a precedence for retaining 
> these 'errors'.
> 3. With different registers in the language, we retained them without 
> even high-lighting or italicising or pointing out those 
> irregularities, because that is a judgment call we did not want to 
> make, and we also thought that the onus of bias was on the reader.
> Hope this helps resolve some of your queries,
> Warm regards
> Nishant
> On 01-02-2014 19:21, Daniel O'Donnell 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?
>> -- 
>> ---
>> Daniel Paul O'Donnell
>> Professor of English
>> University of Lethbridge
>> Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4
>> Canada
>>
>> +1 403 393-2539
>>
>>
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Daniel Paul O'Donnell
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University of Lethbridge
Lethbridge AB T1K 3M4
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