(Amazon links provided for reference only!)

M.T Clanchy From Memory to Written Record, New Edition (Wiley-Blackwell, 2012)

E. Dickey, Learning Latin the Ancient Way: Latin Textbooks from the Ancient World (Cambridge University Press, 2016)

A. Gillespie & D. Wakelin, eds. The Production of Books in England 1350-1500 (Cambridge, 2014)

T. Nunes & P. Bryant, Improving Literacy by Teaching Morphemes (Routledge, 2006)

Walter Ong Orality and Literacy (30th Anniversary Edition) (Routledge, 2012)

M. B. Parkes Their Hands Before Our Eyes (Ashgate, 2008)

K. Rayner et al. The Psychology of Reading, 2nd Edition (Psychology Press, 2012)

Rosemary Sassoon Handwriting of the Twentieth Century, Revised Edition (Intellect, 2007)

Rosemary Sassoon Handwriting: The Way to Teach It 2nd Edition (Sage, 2003)

C. Upward & G. Davidson A History of English Spelling (Wiley-Blackwell, 2011)

In a couple of posts I’ve mentioned the role played by the idea of ‘mumbling’ during the Renaissance and the Reformation; Carla Mazzio’s book The Inarticulate Renaissance: Language Trouble in an Age of Eloquence, explores the many facets of it, including the idea of mumbling words without meaning rather than simply speaking quietly. There is a deep history of debate about clarity of speech and the interplay of sound and meaning into which the current phonics debate fits; arguments had by people on all sides can often find analogy in these 16th- and 17th- century debates and in antiquity. We are not the first, and it is not simple!


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