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Script as Identity
*Morison, Stanley. _Politics and Scripts: Aspects of authority
        and freedom in the development of Graeco-Latin script from
        the sixth century B.C. to the twentieth century A.D. The
        Lyell Lectures 1957_. Nicolas Barker, ed. Oxford: Clarendon,
        There are many problems with this work, the greatest
        being that Morison ignores Semitic influences on Christian
        script systems as well as Semitic influences on territorial
        scripts systems in Greek  and Latin. Nevertheless, the book is
        essential if one wishes to  understand the importance of script
        as identity.

Martin, Henri  Jean. _The history and power of writing_. 
       (Histoire et pouvoirs de l'ecrit, Paris: Perrin). Trans. Lydia
       G. Cochrane. Chicago: U of C Press, 1994.

*Goody, Jack.  _The logic  of writing  and the organization of
        society_. Cambridge: CUP, 1986.

*- -  -. _The interface between the written and the Oral. Cambridge: CUP,

Punctuation Systems
Parkes, Malcolm  B. _Pause  and Effect: An Introduction to the
        History of Punctuation in the West_. Aldershot, Hants.: Scolar
        Press, 1992.
        As has been pointed out in the Bryn Mawr Review, while very
        good for later (post 4th century CE) works in Latin, there are
        problems with Parkes - he doesn't go back far enough (well,
        Parkes is a specialist in Late Medieval Latin: he can't read
        any Semitic language so he doesn't know that the medial point
        as a word seperator dates back to Ugarit - as does the bar
        as sense divider - both of which turn up in Rome as late as
        the 1st century CE.)

Musical Notation/Psalms

Avenary, Hanoch. _Studies in the Hebrew, Syrian, and Greek liturgical
        recitative. Tel-Aviv: Israel Music Institute, 1963.

*De Poli, Giovanni, Aldo Piccialli, and Curtis  Roads. _Representations of
        Musical Signals_. Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press, 1991.
        The majority of early writing systems on the Asian side of the ANE
        and in the West record the spoken word, the "music" of the
        language(s) - a visual spectrophonogram or record of musical
        signals. This book is more accessible to the average reader than
        works on computer-voice interfaces and is quite helpful in under-
        standing the rise and fall and the clumping and spacing of graphic
        symbols in the early texts.

McKinnon, James. _Music in early Christian literature_. Cambridge: Cambridge
        University Press, 1987.

Stevens, John. _Words and Music in the Middle Ages: Song, Narrative, Dance
        and Drama, 1050-1350. Cambridge: Cambridge UP, 1986.

*Wilson, Gerald H. _The Making of the Hebrew Psalter_. Chico, CA: Scholars
        Press, 1985.
        Religious music - and liturgies - begin with Enheduanna back
        at Akkad. Wilson's book is essential to the study of these

*Van der  Meer, Willem  and Johannes C. de Moor. The Structural analysis
        of Biblical and Canaanite Poetry.  Sheffield: JSOT, 1988. 1-61.

Parsing Rhythms

*Southworth, James, G. _Verses of Cadence: An Introduction to the Prosody
        of Chaucer and his followers_. Oxford: Blackwell, 1954.
        While this one may seem odd to find here, English and Hebrew (and
        Modern Italian) share similar (not identical, but very similar)
        parsing rhythms. As the MSS show that English parsing rhythms
        were already set in this pattern - at least in Northumbrian and
        Mercian [Mod. Eng is descended from Mercian] by the 7th century,
        a study of Chaucerian English is not anachronistic and is quite
        helpful in examining the early Hebrew parsing rhythms that show up
        in the Q texts. (I believe that someone has been working on the
        subject of Hebrew parsing rhythms, in Hebrew - and thus is not all
        that accessible.)

I wanted to put Akkadian, Sumerian, and Ugaritic epigraphic material on as
well - but my floppy drive is still recalcitrant. Besides, this is already
long enough.

Hope this helps,


Dr. Rochelle I. Altman, co-coordinator IOUDAIOS-L  risa@hol.gr

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