Manuscript glosses

Stefan Baums baums at U.WASHINGTON.EDU
Tue Jun 2 19:11:32 UTC 2009

Dear Stephen,

> from what I have seen of the early Gandhari mss, interlinear
> notes in them seem to be all above the word / phrase.

yes, that is correct. Additions are generally made above the line
they belong to, sometimes with a little mark indicating the
insertion point, but more often not. In that case it can be a
little unclear which akṣaras precisely an insertion is meant to go
between, but in general an effort is made to align the right edge
of the insertion (i.e., its beginning, the general writing
direction being from right to left) with the insertion point. In a
few exceptional cases corrections are made in a way that could be
called below the line, but since all of these latter ones are very
short (often only one akṣara) it may be better to think of them as
anchored to an individual akṣara rather than the line.


Stefan Baums
Asian Languages and Literature
University of Washington

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