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Naomi Baron. Words Onscreen: The Fate of Reading in a Digital World (1 edn 2015). Top of p. 21.

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I'm assuming that even in one's L1, “spaced words make it easier to decode in your head”.

Why wasn’t scriptio continua popularized or standardized earlier? I just can't fathom how nobody became aware of the godsend of spacing words before 600 A.D.!

Or did they suffer in silence all along before A.D. 600?

  • Most technologies gradually change, as new ways of doing things are invented, and it becomes hard to understand how people managed before. Writing is one of our oldest technologies. – Colin Fine Sep 28 '19 at 22:38
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    I answered a question very like yours here: latin.stackexchange.com/questions/2414/… – Penelope Sep 28 '19 at 22:56
  • Modern Chinese still lacks spaces between words. – Ben Kovitz Sep 29 '19 at 4:22