accidental

others, such in general as spelling, punctuation, word-division, and the like, affecting mainly its formal presentation, which may be regarded as the accidents, or as I shall call them ‘accidentals’, of the text (Greg 1950, 21).

Accidentals. Elements of verbal text such as spelling or marks of punctuation which affect primarily the text’s formal presentation (Kline 1998, 269).

accidental Any element in a text that is not substantive, that is, whose variation does not affect meaning; traditionally includes spelling, punctuation, and capitalization (Kelemen 2009, 567).

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