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Title: Punctuation as a Means of Medium-Dependent Presentation Structure in English
Subtitle: Exploring the Guide Functions of Punctuation
Written By: Sebastian Patt
Series Title: Language in Performance

Despite its everyday relevance, the reputation of punctuation is tarnished. Actually, modern English punctuation is often considered not more than a necessary evil. For many people, punctuation usage follows seemingly arbitrary and unmotivated rules. The present approach moves away from a static, rule-based description towards a more dynamic, context-based interpretation of punctuation. Punctuation is a highly versatile medium-dependent means of presentational choice. To accept this view is to take a significant step towards closing the gap that still exists between punctuational theory and the actual usage of punctuation. Punctuation adopts a guiding role for the reader and the present study explores this guide potential, providing a thorough analysis of both the linguistic status and the communicative value of punctuation.

Publication Year: 2013
Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG
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Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Subject Language(s): English
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-13: 9783823367536
Pages: 307
Prices: Europe EURO 68.00