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Units of textual division in pre-modern cultures

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The habitual contemporary units of textual division – such as sentences, paragraphs, verse lines – do not match the units of composition and presentation employed in pre-modern cultures. Poor understanding of such indigenous systems often leads to inaccuracies in transcription and interpretation. The problem is complicated by the lack of common language to describe textual division across cultures and the absence of uniform methodology. The aim of this seminar is to explore the diversity of text segmentation practices in epigraphic and palaeographic sources from different regions, identify the common patterns and unique developments in individual cultures, discuss common terminology and exchange experience in the techniques of textual analysis. Wednesday Week 3 (25 October), Prof Lesley Smith, Harris Manchester 'I'll do it my way': Experiments with manuscript layout from the twelfth-century Paris classroom Wednesday Week 4 (1 November), Dr Chris Foster, Pembroke Textual units in Early Chinese manuscripts: Divisions manifest and hidden within the Cang Jie pian Wednesday Week 5 (8 November), Parsa Daneshmand, Wolfson Textual units and word boundaries in Elamite texts Wednesday Week 7 (22 November), Dr Michael Zellmann-Rohrer, St Cross Text-division in Greek mosaic inscriptions from the Near East For more details and abstracts of presentations, see http://www.earlytextcultures.org/events/units-of-textual-division-in-pre-modern-cultures
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