n.The author of a text.DiplomaticsThe individual responsible for the intellectual content of a document.


Duranti 1998, p. 86 The writer is not a clerk or a secretary, because these individuals are not 'persons' with regard to the documents they compile: they are not competent for the articulation of the discourse within the documents, unless they have delegated authority for it (a clerk may be competent for writing the entries in a register, but usually the responsibility belongs to an officer . . .).