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Making a point : the Persnickety story of English punctuation

Author: David Crystal
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015. ©2015
Edition/Format:   Print book : English : First U.S. editionView all editions and formats
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"The triumphant concluding volume in David Crystal's classic trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. For a system of a few dozen marks it generates a  Read more...
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Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: David Crystal
ISBN: 9781250060419 1250060419 9781466865648 1466865644
OCLC Number: 915774717
Description: xiii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
Contents: In the beginning ... --
... was diversity --
To point, or not to point? --
No question: we need it --
The first printer --
A messy situation --
Breath, blood, and spirits --
Grammar rules --
The printer's dilemma --
Passing the buck --
The way forward: meanings and effects --
Interfering with Jane Austen --
Is there a punctuation system? --
Starting at the top --
Paragraph preferences --
Periods, period. --
Devilish dashes --
Ellipsis dots or ... --
The value of nothing --
Exclamation marks!! --
Next, question marks? --
Semicolons; or not --
Colons: the chapter --
Commas, the big picture --
Commas, the small picture --
Commas, the serial killer --
Hy-phens --
Apostrophes: the past --
Apostrophes: the present (and future) --
Marks of inclusion (or exclusion): round brackets --
Marks of inclusion: 'quotation marks' --
Graphics and italics --
Punctuating the internet --
Pragmatic tolerance.
Responsibility: David Crystal.
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"The triumphant concluding volume in David Crystal's classic trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. For a system of a few dozen marks it generates a disproportionate degree of uncertainty and passion, inspiring organizations like the Apostrophe Protection Society and sending enthusiasts, correction-pens in hand, in a crusade against error across the United States. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit, clarity, and commonsense. In David Crystal's Making a Point, he gives a fascinating account of the origin and progress of every kind of punctuation mark over one and a half millennia and offers sound advice on how punctuation may be used to meet the needs of every occasion and context"--

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