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‘Ne in talibus perturbetur lector’: the Ars lectoria, the Ars metrica and the Word Accent

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AbstractThe placement of accent marks was not always an open-and-shut case for the authors of the medieval artes lectoriae. More than once, their common sources, metrical poetry and grammatical textbooks from Antiquity, confronted them with conflicting accenting practices that did not trouble metrical poets, but caused impossible situations to the reader-aloud and chorister, and accordingly to the scribe and corrector who were responsible for the correct placement of the stress mark. The artes lectoriae had to provide them with an unambiguous decision.

Affiliations: 1: University of Groningen Netherlands, URL:


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