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Pause and effect : an introduction to the history of punctuation in the West

Author: M B Parkes
Publisher: Berkeley : University of California Press, ©1993.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
"Over the centuries punctuation has become an essential component of written language. Its primary function is to resolve structural uncertainties in a text, and to signal nuances of semantic significance. The importance of the study of punctuation to a number of disciplines will be widely recognised as a result of the publication of this first definitive history." "The first part of Pause and Effect identifies the

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Genre/Form: History
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: M B Parkes
ISBN: 0520079418 9780520079410 0859677427 9780859677424
OCLC Number: 24871039
Description: xvi, 327 pages : illustrations ; 29 cm
Contents: Principal Abbreviations and Conventions --
I. Pause: Symbols as Notation --
1. Antiquity: Aids for Inexperienced Readers and the Prehistory of Punctuation --
2. Changing Attitudes to the Written Word: Components in a 'Grammar of Legibility' --
3. Carolingian Renovatio: Augmenting Old Notation with New Symbols --
4. The Requirements of Public Worship --
5. The Development of the General Repertory of Punctuation --
6. The Technology of Printing and the Stabilization of the Symbols --
II. Effect: Symbols as Signs --
7. Influences on the Application of Punctuation --
Antiquity; the Analysis of Texts and the Application of Pauses --
Modes of Punctuation --
Exegesis and the Interpretation of the Message of a Text --
Public Worship and Aural Responses to the Written Word --
The Influence of Scholastic Modes of Thought and Expression --
The Punctuation of the Humanists --
The Impact of Printing: a Precarious Balance between Logical and Rhetorical Analysis --
The Mimetic Ambitions of the Novelist and the Exploitation of the Pragmatics of the Written Medium --
8. The Layout and Punctuation of Verse --
III. Plates and Commentaries --
IV. Glossary, Indexes and Lists --
Select Glossary of Technical Terms and Punctuation Symbols --
Index of Authors cited and Extracts quoted to Illustrate the Use of Punctuation or Layout --
Index of Manuscripts cited --
Select List of Printed Works cited.
Responsibility: M.B. Parkes.
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