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

Daniel O'Donnell daniel.odonnell at uleth.ca
Sat Feb 1 15:20:12 MST 2014


It really is pretty cool, eh?


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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?
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> 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.
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> On 14-02-01 11:34 AM, Nishant Shah wrote:
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>     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:
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>         I have a question for advice from this group that might have
>         political implications.
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>         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.
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>         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.
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>         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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