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Query:   Quotation marks
Author:  Stig W Joergensen
Submitter Email:  click here to access email
Linguistic LingField(s):   General Linguistics

Summary:   DEAR LINGLIST SUBSCRIBERS,

RECENTLY I POSTED A QUERY ASKING FOR REFERENCES TO NON-PRESCRIPTIVE
STUDIES OF THE VARIOUS USES OF QUOTATION MARKS. I HAVE BEEN HAPPY TO
RECEIVE MANY ENCOURING MESSAGES SUPPORTING MY VIEW THAT THIS IS AN
INTERESTING RESEARCH SUBJECT FOR A LINGUIST. IN MY POSTING, I SUPPLIED A
FEW EXAMPLES OF PRESUMABLY NON-ORTHODOX USES, SUCH AS QUOTATION MARKS
USED TO EXPRESS THAT THE WRITER IS NOT SURE ABOUT HIIS OR HER CHOICE OF
WORDS. I WOULD LIKE TO STRESS THAT THESE WERE ONLY MEANT AS INFORMAL
EXAMPLES OF THE SORT OF THING I'M LOOKING FOR; HOWEVER, SEVERAL PEOPLE
SENT ME INTERESTING EXAMPLES OF USES I HAD NOT CONSIDERED IN THE
POSTING.

LAURA L. KOENIG , MAI KUHA
AND DANIEL COLLINS ALL MENTIONED QUOTATION MARKS
USED FOR PURE EMPHASIS, PARTICULARLY IN SIGNS:

LL Issue: 10.1576
Date Posted: 21-Oct-1999
Original Query: Read original query