How to use Emendation in a sentence
In 1901 Hommel abandoned Peiser's emendation and suggested two alternative schemes.
At certain epochs in the transmission of literature systematic efforts have been made to improve the transmitted texts, and these efforts have naturally been accompanied by a good deal of emendation both successful and unsuccessful.
This in the case of most writings is fairly readable, because it has been purged by the continuous emendation of scholars during several centuries.
But the emendation deserves the higher praise as being in most instances the more difficult achievement.
From one of Oldenburg's early letters we learn that the treatise De intellectus emendation was probably Spinoza's first occupation at Rhijnsburg.Advertisement
The earliest mention in history of the name Franks is the entry on the Tabula Peutingeriana, at least if we assume that the term " et Franci " is not a later emendation.
Except by the obviously absurd assumption of the infallibility of copyists for the centuries before c. 300 B.C., we cannot escape the conclusion that errors lurk even where no variants now exist, and that such errors can be corrected, if at all, only by conjectural emendation.
The dangers of conjectural emendation are well known and apparent; large numbers of such emendations have been ill-advised; but in the case of many passages the only alternative for the textual critic who is at once competent and honest is to offer such emendations or to indicate that such passages are corrupt and the means of restoring them lacking.
But all such sources are liable to the most confounding errors, and some passages relied on have in any case to submit to conjectural emendation.
The received Hebrew text has undergone but little emendation, and the revisers had before them substantially the same Massoretic text which was in the hands of the translators of 1611.Advertisement
No alteration of a text, or emendation, is entitled to approval, unless in addition to providing the sense and diction required, it also presents a reading which the evidence furnished by the tradition shows might not improbably have been corrupted to what stands in the text.
For emendation must inevitably fail unless it express the meaning which the proper interpretation of the passage has shown to be required.
If there are a number of instances where there is faultiness which is hard to remove, it is probable that the evil lies too deep for emendation.
It has been maintained that emendation (being guessing) is no part of textual criticism at all, though judgment upon emendation is.
Nothing has discredited emendation as a means of improving texts more than the want of method, common care and research, which those addicted to it show.Advertisement
Successful emendation requires a rare union of qualifications - insight, prudence, patience and familiarity with the author emended and the conditions of his text.
A main cause of the cleavage in Germany was the position of ecclesiastical affairs, which - though by no means hopeless - yet stood in urgent need of emendation, and, combined with this, the deeply resented financial system of the Curia.
Some anomalies, both of metre and of sense, may be removed by judicious emendation; and many lines become smooth enough, if we assume a crasis of open vowels of the same class, or a diphthongal pronunciation of others, or contraction or silence of certain suffixes as in Syriac. The oldest elegiac utterances are not couched in this metre; e.g.
Here too emendation is necessary..
It yielded no materials of value for the emendation of the received text, and by disregarding the vowel points overlooked the one thing in which some result (grammatical if not critical) might have been derived from collation of Massoretic MSS.Advertisement
I suggest emendation to " more than big enough " to preserve the rhythm.
Then he may propose an emendation to obtain a grammatical form or sense more satisfactory to him.
The scholarly reviews that appeared noting its contents do not require emendation, because the book has not been rewritten.
Wherever the grammar of a sentence was destroyed by the omission, some conjectural emendation of the injured text was made to restore sense.
Most scholars attribute these problems to errors in transmission and try to solve them through textual emendation.Advertisement
Western law and society, by contrast, have not admitted significant emendation at the hands of another culture for many centuries.
It is a weakness of conservative critics to extol interpretation (or exegesis) at the expense of emendation.
He was the first to lay down and apply sound rules of criticism and emendation, and to change textual criticism from a series of haphazard guesses into a "rational procedure subject to fixed laws" (Pattison).
Cheyne involves the view that a history dealing with the south actually underlies our sources and can be recovered by emendation of the text.
When revising his scheme of chronology in 1900, Rost abandoned his suggested emendation of Sennacherib's figure, but by decreasing his reduction of the length of Dynasty III., he only altered his date for the beginning of Dynasty I.
The extremely low dates proposed by Hommel in 1898 were due to his adoption of Peiser's emendation for the length of Dynasty III., in addition to his own elimination of Dynasty II.
Lehmann-Haupt .uggested an emendation of the text, reducing the number by a thousand years; 14 while Winckler has regarded the statement of Nabonidus as an uncritical exaggeration.
On the other hand, the death-blow has been given to the principle of emendation of the figures, which for so long has found favour among a considerable body of German writers.
There are two reasons in particular why the part which emendation plays in the shaping of Greek and Latin texts is apt to be overlooked.
The part which conjectural emendation should play must obviously be very different in different texts.