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ERIC Number: EJ603200
Record Type: CIJE
Publication Date: 2000
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Punctuation: Some Informing History.
Dawkins, John
Composition Forum, v10 n2 p52-61 Win-Spr 2000
Looks at how the best writers of English from the 1600s to the present use punctuation in their nonfiction. Finds three bases for punctuation: intonation, grammar (or syntax), and semantics (or rhetoric). Shows that these authors do not regularly and consistently follow the institutionalized rules. Argues for rhetoric-based punctuation because its function and principles are meaningful and systematic. (SR)
The Writing Program, Syracuse University, Syracuse, NY 13244; e-mail:
Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Evaluative
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Language: English
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