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Text representation and the representation of annotation

It is important to draw the distinction between the content of syntactic annotation, and the method of representation. In this report we are concerned only with the former. The Text Representation subgroup of the EAGLES TCWG will be concerned with not only the representation of orthographically encoded information, but also with how to represent linguistic annotations, including syntactic information of various kinds. It will base these representations on the guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (Sperberg-McQueen & Burnard (eds) 1994), which are designed for the interchange of documents or texts in circumstances where common standards are required for corpus development activities. For the purposes of this report, we cannot prejudge the forthcoming work of the Text Representation subgroup in this area, and therefore we will represent syntactic annotation here in the format used for that purpose by those who devised the annotation schemes we are exemplifying.