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Кому предназначались ранние немецкие пособия для обучения чтению

The article analyzes early (16-17th c.) German printed primers and textbooks to find out who were their supposed users. The authors of these textbooks - mostly Protestant teachers - simetimes specified in the titles, prefaces, and the main text whom they imagined as their audience. This might include their colleagues as well as students (children as well as adults), and people who wanted to learn to read on their own. Knowing the biographies of some of the authors and the attitude of Martin Luther and other Church reformers to literacy, we can conclude that the most likely primer users were Lutherans. Based of the language it can further be assumed that the audience were High German rather than Low German speakers.