[sword-devel] Use Case -- participants

Mike Sangrey sword-devel@crosswire.org
Fri, 31 Aug 2001 13:45:05 -0400

In narrative texts in an oral culture like all the cultures in which 
the Bible texts were written, an author uses participants to help
clue the reader into discourse boundaries.  This provides valuable 
clues regarding the boundaries of the context.  There are other
discourse boundary clues, too, such as `spatial', `temporal', and
the `activity' being done.


<participant value="Jesus" id="part-12542"/ type="VIP">
<participant value="Pharisees" id="part-12542"/ type="background">
<participant value="Nicodemus" id="part-12542"/ type="foreground">
<section ...>
<para ...>

This is a little more complicated than what this portrays.  For example,
the list of participants may alter slightly between sections while the
overall discourse unit continues with the same topic.

Anyway, you asked for dreamers.
Mike Sangrey
Landisburg, Pa.
                        "The first one last wins."
            "A net of highly cohesive details reveals the truth."