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

Yasmín S. Portales Machado yasmin at cubarte.cult.cu
Sat Feb 1 14:43:34 MST 2014


Gracias por esta pregunta. 

Aunque en otro espacio (un boletín electrónico), enfrento el mismo problema al reproducir las opiniones dejadas en el blog del grupo. La primera vez traté de corregirlo, pero entendí rápido que era inútil. 

Vagamente me preguntaba si, en situaciones más formales (artículo científico) podría también dejar las expresiones personales tal cual. Apoyo 100% la metodología de Nishant Shah, a quien doy las gracias por suministrarme argumentos para cuando deba enfrentar a otra persona que defienda a opción de corrección o señalamiento.

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De: globaloutlookdh-l [mailto:globaloutlookdh-l-bounces at uleth.ca] En nombre de Daniel O'Donnell
Enviado el: Saturday, February 1, 2014 1:47 PM
Para: globaloutlookdh-l at uleth.ca
Asunto: Re: [globaloutlookDH-l] When citing emails, do people silently correct typos?

 

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?



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