Why is there such a paucity of academic literature on medieval punctuation? Is it (as Reimer, 1998, suggested)
“[…] partly because there is so much evidence which needs to be studied, and partly because editors of texts have considered the effort needed to be a waste of time?”
For a discussion of the subject, turn to the work of Dr Nadia Obegi Gallardo, a research fellow of the Department of English Philology at the University of Málaga, Spain, who has analysed a hand written text (on vellum) which is archived at Cambridge University Library – MS Ll. 4. 14. (n. 3).
The analyses showed that the most common punctuation marks were:
The punctus (or upper stop) · followed by the double punctus (or colon) : the paragraph mark ¶ and the virgula suspensiva /
See: Punctuation in a fifteenth-century Scientific Treatise (MS Cambridge L1. 4.14) in Linguistica e Filologia, 22, (2006)
Question [optional]: Has the time come to revive the use of the punctus? If so, here’s one · which can freely be cut and pasted into modern day texts.