[MEI-L] @wordpos of monosyllabic words

Anna Plaksin annplaksin at gmx.net
Mon Nov 28 17:30:57 CET 2016

Hi Craig,


that explains everything to me. 

Thank you very much!




Von: mei-l [mailto:mei-l-bounces at lists.uni-paderborn.de] Im Auftrag von Craig Sapp
Gesendet: Montag, 28. November 2016 17:18
An: Music Encoding Initiative <mei-l at lists.uni-paderborn.de>
Betreff: Re: [MEI-L] @wordpos of monosyllabic words


Hi Anna,


> I’m wondering about the correct @wordpos in monosyllabic words:


@wordpos is only for partial words:



The attribute wordpos is used to specify the position of the marked-up lyric syllable in a word. It allows the following values:

i  - Indicates that the current syllable's position is initial; that is, at the beginning of a word;

m - Indicates that the current syllable is in the middle of a word;

t - Indicates that the syllable's position is terminal; that is, at the end of a word.

When a syllable is at the beginning or in the middle of a word (in which case it will have the wordpos attribute set to ‘i’ or ‘m’), it is recommended to specify the type of connector written between the current and the following syllable.

This following paragraph is of interest:


Occasionally, a word or a final syllable needs to be extended across multiple notes. In this case an ‘extender’ is provided. An extender is a continuous line drawn at the text's baseline from the end of the syllable associated with the first note until the last note to be sung with the syllable.


The guidelines to not explicitly say how a connector should be applied to a monosyllabic word, and there is no @extender for syl, but the way I do it is to give @con="u" on the @syl for the word:


<syl con="u">a</syl>


This is also recognized by verovio, drawing the @con as an extender (rather than a connecter):



Related issue discussion for verovio:










On 28 November 2016 at 05:46, Anna Plaksin <annplaksin at gmx.net <mailto:annplaksin at gmx.net> > wrote:

Dear list,


I’m wondering about the correct @wordpos in monosyllabic words:


In my particular case, I have monosyllabic words with a @con=”u” because it should be sung melismatic. 

But Verovio treat the connector differently depending on the word position: In the case of @wordpos=”i” and @con=”u”, Verovio draws the underscore into the next following syllable; with @wordpos=”t” and @con=”u” it draws the underscore to the next preceding note. 

Is this an issue concerning Verovio or is it semantically preferable encoding it as a terminal syllable of a word?


Many thanks in advance,




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