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Author Saenger, Paul Henry, 1945-

Title Space between words : the origins of silent reading / Paul Saenger.

Published Stanford, Calif. : Stanford University Press, [1997]


Location Call No. Status
 UniM Bail  028 SAEN    AVAILABLE
Physical description xviii, 480 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Series Figurae.
Figurae (Stanford, Calif.)
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references (pages [437]-448) and indexes.
Contents Ch. 1. Introduction -- Ch. 2. The Nomenclature of Word Separation -- Ch. 3. Complements to Word Separation by Space -- Ch. 4. Insular Culture and Word Separation in the Seventh and Eighth Centuries -- Ch. 5. Exceptions to Continental Aerated Text Formats in the Ninth and Tenth Centuries -- Ch. 6. The Origins of Continental Word Separation, 950-1300 -- Ch. 7. Word Separation and the Transcription of Numbers and Music -- Ch. 8. The Early Protoscholastics -- Ch. 9. The Proliferation of Word Separation in the Eleventh Century -- Ch. 10. The Spread of Word Separation from England to the Low Countries and Lorraine -- Ch. 11. The Spread of Word Separation from England to Northern France -- Ch. 12. Cluniac Monasticism: Eastern and Southern France -- Ch. 13. Italy -- Ch. 14. Reading and Writing in Northern Europe in the Twelfth and Thirteenth Centuries -- Ch. 15. Written Culture at the End of the Middle Ages -- App. Characteristics Relating to Word Separation in Manuscripts Surveyed.
Summary 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.
Subject Books and reading -- History.
Silent reading -- History.
ISBN 0804726531 (acid-free paper)
080474016X (paperback) £14.95
0804726531 (cl.)
080474016X (paperback)