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Thu Apr 18 2013

Books: Punctuation as a Means of Medium-Dependent Presentation Structure in English: Patt

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Date: 18-Apr-2013
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Subject: Punctuation as a Means of Medium-Dependent Presentation Structure in English: Patt
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Title: Punctuation as a Means of Medium-Dependent Presentation Structure
in English Subtitle: Exploring the Guide Functions of Punctuation Series Title: Language in Performance Published: 2013 Publisher: Narr Francke Attempto Verlag GmbH + Co. KG

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Author: Sebastian Patt Paperback: ISBN: 9783823367536 Pages: 307 Price: Europe EURO 68.00

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.

Linguistic Field(s): Writing Systems
Subject Language(s): English (eng)
Written In: English (eng)

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