Malte Rehbein, National University of Ireland
Contact: --Malte 15:40, 28 January 2009 (EST)
Kundige bok is a compilation of various texts, describing town law of late medieval Göttingen. The texts had been revised many times thus giving evidence of its active use and reuse over a period of 150 years. Every change made by the medieval scribes in kundige bok 2 has to be regarded as a new layer of the text since it had produced an “update” of the law by replacing its predecessor. Thus, each text layer represents a certain stage of the law.
Sample (with image, transcription and explanation)
The particularity, I would like to point out here, is what I call "functional comment". The passage highlighted in the picture reads "Iam non lege" resp. "vacat", indicating that in the next evolutionary step of the development of the law, the corresponding paragraph became obsolete. Thus, the comments kind of act like a deletion.
This is a non-literary example. Textual genetics can be seen here under a different light, since kundige bok was never changed to create a "final" version. However, I regard the fundamental principles and the way to treat (encode) the textual features the same.