nebarry at verizon.net
Sun May 23 21:38:10 EDT 2010
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From: "Kevin Riley" <klriley at alphalink.com.au>
To: "B Hebrew" <b-hebrew at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Sunday, May 23, 2010 9:13 PM
Subject: Re: [b-hebrew] Ruth
> Old English orthography was standardised to a large degree before the
> Norman conquest. Greek orthography was standardised enough that we
> often cannot tell where a Greek document was written just by looking at
> the spelling. That applies also to linear B Greek. Standard usage
> seems to have been taught in schools ever since there were schools.
> That there were periods when spelling became more chaotic does not
> change the fact that in many periods there was a remarkable degree of
> standardization given the conditions under which scribes worked.
Standardized orthography (isn't that a tautology?) certainly makes sense, if
you want others to read what you have written.
N.E. Barry Hofstetter
Classics and Bible Instructor, TAA
(2010 Savatori Excellence in Education Winner)
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