A Manual of the Philosophy of Voice and Speech, Especially in Relation to the English Language and the Art of Public Speaking

A Manual of the Philosophy of Voice and Speech, Especially in Relation to the English Language and the Art of Public Speaking

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1859 edition. Excerpt: ...Runen. Goettingen 1824. Writing in England. The monks who came into England with Augustine, at the close of the sixth century, introduced the Roman letters as they were then written, which, excepting the early change from what are called uncial letters, were not unlike our modern Roman type. When they were employed in writing the Anglo-Saxon, it was necessary to add to them, from the Anglo-Saxon Runic alphabet, the characters representing th, dk, and w. The Norman monks brought in the Roman characters as they were then written in Normandy, differing in some respects from those hitherto used. From this time, the forms of the letters, and the general character of the writing went through various changes, so that we can judge by this circumstance to what period any manuscript belongs, From this writing we derive the printed characters commonly termed black letters, and in French, lettres Gothiques. There was, however, a marked difference between the handwriting of the clergy and book scribes, and that of the law writers. The latter was, at a late period, called Chancery-hand. The court-hand, composed of deformed Norman characters, contrived by English lawyers, as was maliciously observed, for the purpose of mystification, continued from the middle of the sixteenth century until the reign of George II., when it was abolished by law. Leibnitz, in his Ars Combinatoria, and several mathematicians after him, as Prestet, Clavius, and Tacquet have endeavoured to calculate the number of words, or combinations that may be made out of twenty four letters. Although they differ in the results, they agree that to all intents and purposes, the numbers obtained may be said to be infinite, so that Tacquet says, that a thousand millions of scribes could not, in a...
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  • Paperback | 116 pages
  • 189 x 246 x 6mm | 222g
  • Rarebooksclub.com
  • Miami Fl, United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1236531523
  • 9781236531520