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A variant location is a place in a reference text where the witnesses present different variant readings: cf. locus criticus. On one variant location, there must be at least two variants, but there can be more (multiple variant location).

A variant location may include one word (in some extreme cases one character) or one group of words, consecutive (e.g. in case of an omission) or not (e.g. in case of a transposition). Cf. examples below.


Fig. 1. Macé, De Vos, and Geutens 2012, 114 (Figure 2).


Irigoin, Jean. 1979. “Sélections et utilisations des variantes.” In La pratique des ordinateurs dans la critique des textes: Paris 29–31 mars 1978, edited by Jean Irigoin and Gian Zarri, 265–271. Paris: Éditions du CNRS.
– Macé, Caroline, Ilse De Vos, and Koen Geuten. 2012. “Comparison of stemmatological and phylogenetic methods to understand the copying history of the Florilegium Coislinianum.” In Ars edendi lectures Series, edited by Alessandra Bucossi and Erika Kihlman, vol. 2, 107–129. Stockholm: Stockholm University Press.

In other languages

DE: variierende Stelle (rarely used)
FR: lieu variant
IT: luogo variante (rarely used)


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