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The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0139 Friday, 29 March 2013
Date: March 26, 2013 11:57:06 PM EDT
Subject: Re: SHAKSPER: Ardenwatch
Speaking of Arden3, does anyone know why they abandoned the traditional and helpful (at least to beginners) convention of indicating metrically-sounded suffixes of preterites and past participles with a diacritic (as in “Hence banishèd is banished from the world”, RJ 3.3.19)? The information can be found cluttering up the footnotes, but you need to know there is a problem before you go looking for a solution, and the text doesn’t indicate this. Do they have so low an opinion of modern students that they think they will be baffled by forms like <banishèd>?