The Resource Making a point : the Persnickety story of English punctuation, David Crystal

Making a point : the Persnickety story of English punctuation, David Crystal

Label
Making a point : the Persnickety story of English punctuation
Title
Making a point
Title remainder
the Persnickety story of English punctuation
Statement of responsibility
David Crystal
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
"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"--
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Provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1941-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Crystal, David
Dewey number
421/.1
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PE1450
LC item number
.C89 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
English language
Label
Making a point : the Persnickety story of English punctuation, David Crystal
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 362-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
ocn915774717
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xiii, 378 pages
Isbn
9781250060419
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015027656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)915774717
Label
Making a point : the Persnickety story of English punctuation, David Crystal
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 362-364) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
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
Control code
ocn915774717
Dimensions
22 cm
Edition
First U.S. edition.
Extent
xiii, 378 pages
Isbn
9781250060419
Isbn Type
(hardback)
Lccn
2015027656
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
(OCoLC)915774717

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