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The study of textual relationships we call stemmatics or stemmatology originated in the work of Karl Lachmann. The idea, however, goes as far back as Erasmus. Lachmann was the first to propose this method as a systematic approach to the study of texts.

This is a picture of a stemma codicum by Carl Johan Schlyter, published in 1827 and identified by Sebastiano Timpanaro.

For the Canterbury Tales Project's publication, Bordalejo and Robinson produce stemmata with the help of bioinformatics software. They use mostly discrete methods, particularly Maximum Parsimony and David Swofford's PAUP.

On this page, we list articles by our team that deal with stemmatics. 



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