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By Naomi S. Baron

ISBN-10: 0415186854

ISBN-13: 9780415186858

From pen-and-parchment to the e-mail revolution, language professional Naomi Baron indicates how expertise impacts the way in which we converse and write, and how we educate our youngsters to take action. The fine--and disappearing--distinction among spoken and written English is on the center of this enticing e-book, which incorporates a number of interesting anecdotes describing the lengthy trip From Alphabet to Email, in addition to a few upsetting meditations at the way forward for language and literacy.

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The second method wasn’t economically feasible, given the cost of procuring and preparing animal skins. Serious alphabetization—and the ease of information retrieval it allows— had to wait until printing increased the demand for a writing medium that was cheap enough to be used for the equivalent of note cards. 40 Alphabet to Email First Bust to the Left Locating information within a book is only a microcosm of the problem of making your way within a library. Modern libraries are replete with randomaccess tools for extracting and codifying information: catalogues, reference books, abstracts, computer databases, and Web search engines.

By the end of the fifth century BC, written pleadings were prepared by clerks of the court. In 403–402, a law was passed that magistrates couldn’t apply unwritten laws. By around 380, in some legal proceedings, all the witnesses’ evidence had to be presented in Legitimating Written Engilsh 29 writing. Yet oral cultural assumptions persisted. The law of sale set little store by documents. Receipts were unknown. Oral contracts necessitated live witnesses. 4 In fact, the very words referring to speech and writing in the classical world fail to separate the two.

For want of a suitable script. Romans had a cursive script, making it possible to write down their ideas relatively quickly. However, up through the twelfth century, there was no Gothic equivalent. As a result, use of a secretary was nearly almost a necessity. But how were secretaries supposed to write quickly enough to get down the author’s exact words? Medieval secretaries didn’t have access to cursive script. They didn’t even have real shorthand. Their copying strategy seems to have been to write down summaries of what was said, rather than the precise words themselves.

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