Scriptio plena
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[German version]

('full mode of writing'). Technical term for writing systems in which consonants and vowels both are represented by characters (as opposed to: scriptio defectiva, where only consonants are denoted). In Semitic linguistics in particular, plene writing refers to the writing of words with the inclusion of the usually omitted vowel letters, the so-called matres lectionis, while vowels otherwise were indicated only, if at all, by diacritical marks. In papyrology and codicology, scriptio plena refers to the unusual writing-out of normally abbreviated words.…

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Kruschwitz, Peter (Berlin), “Scriptio plena”, in: Brill’s New Pauly, Antiquity volumes edited by: Hubert Cancik and , Helmuth Schneider, English Edition by: Christine F. Salazar, Classical Tradition volumes edited by: Manfred Landfester, English Edition by: Francis G. Gentry. Consulted online on 23 June 2018 <>
First published online: 2006
First print edition: 9789004122598, 20110510

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