dwj-digest (Diana Wynne Jones) V1 #747

Chris R sfa_ok2001 at yahoo.co.uk
Wed Nov 12 15:52:31 EST 2003


 --- Jon Noble <jon_p_noble at yahoo.com> wrote: > 
> --- Sarah <sarah-neko at dove.gen.nz> wrote:
>  
> > One of my English professors told me that the idea
> > one should not move 
> > one's lips while reading silently is of fairly
> > modern vintage. 
> > Apparently it used to be normal, and... oh,
> bugger,
> > I can't remember 
> > WHO, it's Christopher Milne and Little Lord
> > Fauntleroy all over 
> > again... okay, I THINK it was Sir Isaac Newton who
> > was remarked upon 
> > for NOT doing it.
> >
> I've heard this story said of St Augustine. Any
> other
> takers anyone?
> 
> Jon

*delurks*

I've heard it of Julius Caesar - I don't know how true
it is. But Roman literature was written to be read out
loud to an audience as much as to oneself, and it's
thought that when people read to themselves, it was
with lips moving. 

Chris

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