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Words Onscreen

By Naomi S. Baron

Words Onscreen "explores how technology is reshaping our understanding of what it means to read."


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Communication Accommodation Theory

Edited by Howard Giles

Most people modify their ways of speaking, writing, texting, and e-mailing, and so on, according to the people with whom they are communicating. This fascinating book asks why we 'accommodate' to others in this way, and explores the various social consequences arising from it.


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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