Making a point : the Persnickety story of English punctuation / David Crystal
- Crystal, David, 1941-
- New York : St. Martin's Press, 2015.
- First U.S. edition.
- Physical Description:
- xiii, 378 pages : illustrations ; 22 cm
- In the beginning ... -- ... was diversity -- To point, or not to point? -- No question: we need it -- The first printer -- A messy situation -- Breath, blood, and spirits -- Grammar rules -- The printer's dilemma -- Passing the buck -- The way forward: meanings and effects -- Interfering with Jane Austen -- Is there a punctuation system? -- Starting at the top -- Paragraph preferences -- Periods, period. -- Devilish dashes -- Ellipsis dots or ... -- The value of nothing -- Exclamation marks!! -- Next, question marks? -- Semicolons; or not -- Colons: the chapter -- Commas, the big picture -- Commas, the small picture -- Commas, the serial killer -- Hy-phens -- Apostrophes: the past -- Apostrophes: the present (and future) -- Marks of inclusion (or exclusion): round brackets -- Marks of inclusion: 'quotation marks' -- Graphics and italics -- Punctuating the internet -- Pragmatic tolerance.
- "The triumphant concluding volume in David Crystal's classic trilogy on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide on how to use it. Behind every punctuation mark lies a thousand stories. The punctuation of English, marked with occasional rationality, is founded on arbitrariness and littered with oddities. For a system of a few dozen marks it generates a disproportionate degree of uncertainty and passion, inspiring organizations like the Apostrophe Protection Society and sending enthusiasts, correction-pens in hand, in a crusade against error across the United States. Professor Crystal leads us through this minefield with characteristic wit, clarity, and commonsense. In David Crystal's Making a Point, he gives a fascinating account of the origin and progress of every kind of punctuation mark over one and a half millennia and offers sound advice on how punctuation may be used to meet the needs of every occasion and context"--
- 9781250060419 (cloth)
- Bibliography Note:
- Includes bibliographical references (pages 362-364) and index.
- Source of Acquisition:
- Purchased with funds from the Paterno Family Librarian Endowment in Literature; 2017
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