I just got a copy of Royal Skousen's The Book of Mormon: The Earliest Text (Yale, 2009),
and was immediately struck by his implementation of what he calls "sense-lines":
the editor adds extra line breaks
to improve readability.
For example, instead of:
And it is I that granteth unto him that believeth in the end a place at my right hand.
And it is I that granteth unto him that believeth
in the end a place at my right hand.
The line break between "believeth" and "in the end"
makes it clearer to the reader
that "in the end" goes with "granteth",
not with "believeth".
It does it in a way that is relatively unobtrusive.
Skousen, referencing Alberto Manguel's A History of Reading,
says that "sense-lines" were used by pre-Gutenberg scribes
as a primitive form of punctuation called
per cola et commata.
More recently, they were used by Bradbury Thompson
in his gorgeous The Washburn College Bible (Oxford, 1979).
Wanting to learn more, I tried Googling "sense-lines",
but I wasn't able to find anyone else using this term.
I looked up some more info about The Washburn College Bible.
The description calls it a "phrased" version,
but that didn't improve my Google search results, either.
per cola et commata did turn up lots of info about the ancient practice,
but not about its modern use.
It seems programmers are encouraged to implement this practice when writing documentation.
Their word for "sense-lines" is "semantic linefeeds".
This term doesn't appear to be used outside the industry, though.
a similar practice
is the reading strategy called "chunking".
Chunking sometimes uses line breaks,
but more often uses slashes.
I'm hoping to find a copy of one of Charles Dicken's books
re-typeset with sense-lines:
"pre-chunked", if you will.
I have trouble parsing his sentences,
but I don't want to read a paraphrased version.
I haven't been able to find anything like this
and I think it's because I'm not using the right terminology.
What is the term for the version of a book
where the original text is unchanged,
but extra line breaks have been added to make it more readable?
Audiobook narrators prefer to read from the ______ edition of a book, as it reduces the number of times they have to repeat a sentence to get the emphasis correct.
Our study found a 23% increase in reading comprehension in the group with the ____ version of the essay.
Bonus question: Do you know of any other books typeset this way?