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Proper names type attributes and more? #56
Proposed extensions to the \pn_...\pn* markers
Now that USFM 3.0 supports word level attributes, it would seem a sensible time to consider how to extend the semantic properties of the proper name markers.
cf. The releases notes mention that
Proposed attributes for \pn markers
Possible type values
The following are various categories of names that I have identified in the Biblical text.
Possible subType values
Here are some of those that emerged from my analysis:
Neither list is exhaustive; my analysis is still incomplete. But you get the idea!
We might also consider special markup for names to distinguish plurals and possessives.
There are several names in the Bible that are either a person or a place depending upon the context.
The first such example is Adam. We all know about Genesis 2, but there is a city called Adam mentioned in Joshua 3:16.
Using type attributes would be of great benefit for study Bibles, n'est-ce pas?
There are also words in the Bible that are either a common noun or a proper name depending on the context. Most of us being accustomed to a bicameral writing system, this rarely causes us any reading problems.
Examples: here are the two shortest, others will occur to you.
Using the \pn marker for those that are proper names will help a lot, especially for writing systems that are not bicameral.
Also to observe that there are several places in the Bible with multiword names. A few examples will suffice:
Several of these illustrate the fact that not all names in the Bible are capitalised in English.
It's also clear that there are many instances of names within names in the Bible.
It's suggested that these be marked with nested name elements.
This makes it clear that the text is referring to a single person or place.
Such bipolar names can have several forms, with a different word (or words) (or nothing) in between.
The same principle applies.