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Reading in Medieval St. Gall (Anna A Grotans) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521803441
Reading in Medieval St. Gall (Anna A Grotans) Hardcover Book, (Cambridge University Press, 2006) 9780521803441
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Title: Reading in Medieval St. Gall

Author: Grotans, Anna A

Publisher: Cambridge University Press; Publication Date: 2006

Hardcover; ISBN: 9780521803441

Volumes: 1; Pages: 380

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Learning to read in medieval Germany meant learning to read and understand Latin as well as the pupils' own language. The teaching methods used in the medieval Abbey of St. Gall survive in the translations and commentaries of the monk, scholar and teacher Notker Labeo (ca. 950-1022). Notker's pedagogic method, although deeply rooted in classical and monastic traditions, demonstrates revolutionary innovations that include providing translations in the pupils' native German, supplying structural commentary in the form of simplified word order and punctuation, and furnishing special markers that helped readers to perform texts out loud. Anna Grotans examines this unique interplay between orality and literacy in Latin and Old High German, and illustrates her study with many examples from Notker's manuscripts. This study has much to contribute to our knowledge of medieval reading, and of the relationship between Latin and the vernacular in a variety of formal and informal contexts.ContentsIntroduction1. Medieval reading2. Education at St. Gall3. Language use and choice4. The St. Gall Tractate5. Discretio in the classroom6. Accentus7. Spelling for reading; Bibliographies
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