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A Proposal for the Digital Encoding of Palm-Leaf Tamil Manuscripts

Abstract : While dealing with texts that have been handed down to us by tradition, a constant concern should be to understand the exact conditions of the successive material embodiments through which these texts have been existing, before being transferred to a new support, like what happens for instance when a collection of Classical Tamil poems, that was available at a time on a palm-leaf MS, is transferred onto a book by an editor, and eventually becomes a digital file, kept on a server, on the Internet. Drawing inspiration from a recent book on Early Tamil Epigraphy [2003] by the great scholar Iravatham Mahadevan, I would like to examine here the implication for all who are interested in Tamil MSS, of the distinction which is to be done between Apparent Reading (henceforth AR) and Intended Reading (henceforth IR), and emphasize the importance of dealing with these two dimensions separately, in two different phases of the decipherment.
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Jean-Luc Chevillard. A Proposal for the Digital Encoding of Palm-Leaf Tamil Manuscripts. International Forum for Information Technology in Tamil, 2003, Chennai, Tamilnadu, India. pp.109-121. ⟨halshs-00642780⟩



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