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di·a·ste·ma

 (dī′ə-stē′mə)
n. pl. di·a·ste·ma·ta (-mə-tə)
A gap or space between two teeth.

[Late Latin diastēma, interval, from Greek, from diistanai, diastē-, to separate; see diastasis.]

di′a·ste·mat′ic (-stə-măt′ĭk) adj.

diastematic

(ˌdaɪəstɪˈmætɪk)
adj
characterized by diastema
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The only way to reconstruct the long-silenced sounds is through comparison of the early neumes with East Frankish diastematic manuscripts, most of which were copied centuries after the completion of the Liber ymnorum, and many of which stem from centers a long way from Saint Gall.
The manuscripts of this latter period conceal the answer to a much-disputed problem concerning the development of Byzantine music up to Chrysanthos' reform: the ways that neumes denoting melodic formulas have been gradually replaced by their analysis in diastematic neumes, a process known as the stenographic theory.
Of course, such neumatic sources are routinely interpreted by reference to later diastematic sources, but should a similar comparative method be used to interpret the rhythmic patterns of unmeasured sources (trobador or trouvere songs, or the Latin songs of the Carmina Burana), we are told that the later, measured, sources "imposed" rhythms on songs hitherto innocent of such affronts.