As discussed on TEI-L this week (http://listserv.brown.edu/archives/cgi-bin/wa?A1=ind1211&L=TEI-L#5) there seems to be some support for the idea of extending the definitions of particDesc and settingDesc to more than just the "participants in" and "setting of" a linguistic activity, but more generally place to record persons, organizations and places (and perhaps events?) related in various ways to the text, manuscript, edition or metadata recorded in the TEI file or corpus.
It seems some people are using it this way already, but I suggest we clarify the definitions of these elements to give (retrospective) approval to this behaviour.
<particDesc> currently: "describes the identifiable speakers, voices, or other participants in any kind of text"
suggested change: "describes the identifiable speakers, voices, or other participants in any kind of text or other persons named or otherwise referred to in a text or its edition"
<settingDesc> currently: "describes the setting or settings within which a language interaction takes place"
suggested change: "describes the setting or settings within which a language interaction takes place, or other places involved with the text or its support"