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Boletín de filología

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RIVAS ZANCARRON, Manuel. Printed writing vs. handwritten writing in 19thcentury Costa Rica. Attitudes and beliefs concerning written expression. Boletín de Filología [online]. 2020, vol.55, n.2, pp.465-502. ISSN 0718-9303.

It is often taken for granted that the shuffling of graphic forms from one era to another has its basis in regular changes, promoted by rules suggested or imposed through academic corporations. However, this supposed regularity –highly relevant in textual dating processes–is detached from the filtering of texts through variables such as ‘geographical space’, ‘textual type’, ‘social context’, ‘executor of text’ or ‘expression in ink’ (whether type or pen). In order to give operational and methodological visibility to the above variables, this work will parallel the graphical evolution of the Costa Rican press of the 19th century with handwritten writings found in the archives of the Government of the same period and in the same geographical territory. These contrasts will show attitudes and beliefs concerning the graphic apparatus of the language in a given time span and in a specific space.

Palabras clave : Historical orthography; Language history; Linguistic attitudes.

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