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Latin Palaeography

Dealing with difficulties

If you come across a superscript letter above a word, it should be transcribed in the place where you normally expect it to occur in the word.

 

For example:

m[od]o

m[od]o

 

Where there is occasional doubt as to whether a superscript mark is actually a letter or merely a sign, we have made a decision, and will remain consistent in our transcription of this particular word or type of abbreviation throughout the document.

p[ri]mis

p[ri]mis

 

Where it has not been possible to expand proper names, the word is transcribed by adding an apostrophe to indicate that the remainder of the word is missing.

 

for example: Ebor'