[INDOLOGY] scribal self-recitation while copying

Simon Brodbeck BrodbeckSP at cardiff.ac.uk
Tue Jul 23 09:12:01 UTC 2013

Dear Jonathan,

"Prima facie" is a funny term for this! 

I always imagined that the best way to reproduce a manuscript would be for one person to read it, and the other person to write down what they hear.

All the best, 

Simon Brodbeck
Cardiff University


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Date: 23/07/2013 09:15
Subject: [INDOLOGY] scribal self-recitation while copying

dear Colleagues.

Recently I told a student that errors in transcription which appear prima facie to be due to oral recitation may well also stem from copying a written exemplar, since scribes are known to recite to themselves, as it were, when copying. I think/thought that this was well known, but she tells me that she's looked around and not found a discussion of this idea. I have no idea now where I learnt it (although i believe it to be true). Any references? 

thanks so much, jonathan

J. Silk
Instituut Kern / Universiteit Leiden
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