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The Siege of Malta and Bizarro$
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Walter Scott and J. H. Alexander

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780748624874

Published to Edinburgh Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.3366/edinburgh/9780748624874.001.0001

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Chap. I

Chap. I

Chap. I
The Siege of Malta and Bizarro

J. H. Alexander

Judy King

Graham Tulloch

Edinburgh University Press

In this diplomatic transcription of Bizarro, the principles and practices outlined in the headnote to the transcription of The Siege of Malta apply, and the reader is referred to that headnote for further detail. The basic rule of thumb is that where the letters can be clearly distinguished, they are reproduced as they appear; and where they are not clearly distinguishable, but where Walter Scott's intention is clear, the word is given in its usual form. Scott seems to add an extra connecting stroke with certain letters such as ‘y’. The transcription attempts to present Scott's words as nearly as possible as they are written, even when it is very clear that the normal spelling would differ from what Scott uses. On the other hand, in the reading text, the editors present what they believe to have been Scott's underlying intentions for individual words, rather than what he actually wrote.

Keywords:   diplomatic transcription, Bizarro, Walter Scott, spelling, headnote, words

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