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Space between words : the origins of silent reading

Author: Paul Henry Saenger
Publisher: Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, ©1997.
Series: Figurae (Stanford, Calif.)
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This book explains how a change in writing - the introduction of word separation - led to the development of silent reading during the period from late antiquity to the fifteenth century. The greater part of this book describes in detail how the new format of word separation, in conjunction with silent reading, spread from the British Isles and took gradual hold in France, Germany, Italy, and Spain.
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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: Paul Henry Saenger
ISBN: 0804726531 9780804726535
OCLC Number: 35548786
Description: xviii, 480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Introduction --
The nomenclature of word separation --
Complements to word separation by space --
Insular culture and word separation in the seventh and eighth centuries --
Exceptions to continental aerated text formats in the ninth and tenth centuries --
The origins of continental word separation, 950-1300 --
Word separation and the transcription of numbers and music --
The early protoscholastics --
The proliferation of word separation in the eleventh century --
The spread of word separation from England to the low countries and Lorraine --
The spread of word separation from England to northern France --
Cluniac monasticism: eastern and southern France --
Italy --
Reading and writing in northern Europe in the twelfth and thirteenth centuries --
Written culture at the end of the middle ages --
Appendix: Characteristics relating to word separation in manuscripts surveyed.
Series Title: Figurae (Stanford, Calif.)
Responsibility: Paul Saenger.
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Reading, like any human activity, has a history. Modern reading is a silent and solitary activity. Ancient reading was usually oral, either aloud, in groups, or individually, in a muffled voice. This  Read more...

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"Saenger outlined his revolutionary thesis 15 years ago in his famous essay 'Silent Reading'; the present magisterial book retells the story step by step... Paleographic studies rarely command wide Read more...

 
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