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Making a Point
Author: David Crystal

ISBN: 9781781253502
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 432
Published: 21 October 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 19.8 x 12.9 x 4.1
Description:
The triumphant new volume in David Crystal's classic series on the English language combines the first history of English punctuation with a complete guide to how to use it.

Behind every punctuation mark lie 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 organisations 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. He gives a fascinating account of the origin and progress of every kind of punctuation mark over one and a half millennia, and he offers sound advice on how punctuation may be used to meet the needs of every occasion and context.

About the Author

David Crystal is Honorary Professor of Linguistics at the University of Wales, Bangor. ...

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