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Re: VMs: Spaces
At 15:54 26/05/2004 +0100, Jon Grove wrote:
It seems to me that the structure of VMS 'words' (i.e. the characters
between the spaces) clearly indicates that the spaces mean something and
are not sprinkled in at random. The fact that there are places where the
spaces seem to be 'out by one' suggests to me that the rule for inserting
a space was not necessarily straightforward, and that sometimes the scribe
forgot, or got it wrong.
The more structured space occurrences are, the more predictable they are:
and hence the less meaning (or rather the, less information) they contain.
Correspondingly, the more structured the majority use of space is, so
minority use of spaces become more worthy of study - what is happening in
split ol pairs and half-spaces? Are there any other space instances which
appear similarly puzzling?
Ultimately, invoking "scribal error" is a bit of a cop-out: there are very
few obvious corrections in the whole VMs, and I don't think the text itself
doesn't give the impression of having being written in undue haste - the
hand(s) are clear, the letters are (for the most part) legible, etc. All in
all, I feel reasonably confident that the VMs appears much as its
originator(s) intended it to.
Cheers, .....Nick Pelling.....
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