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Approaching Punctuation as a System

Approaching Punctuation as a System Punctuation as a Approaching System* Mohan R. Limaye of Texas at Austin University In the classroom and even in a textbooks to in college systematic approach punctuation college of and business and techni- textbook in The Elements Technical grammar, composition, appears of cal has been communication, punctuation long pre- Writing. sented as a mass of unrelated rules. The A look at the on seemingiy scholarly writing punctuation most common is classification the last ten or so thus one the presentation by during years gives marks: lists of rules about when to use that there is some interest in punctuation impression punctua- and so on. tion and that commas, semicolons, handbook periods, dashes, theory writers, instructors, This mode of hides the true nature of and researchers are aware of the presentation following prin- as determined punctuation system, largely by ciples : and on a few that can 1. The various functions of are syntax operating principles punctuation be well defined. The current also termination combina- presentation separation, (of sentences), results in because it the and enclosure of poor learning exaggerates tion, introduction, grammatical role of convention in thus units. These functions facilitate the of punctuation, processing encouraging rote Effective communicators http://www.deepdyve.com/assets/images/DeepDyve-Logo-lg.png ABCA Bulletin SAGE

Approaching Punctuation as a System

ABCA Bulletin , Volume 46 (1): 6 – Mar 1, 1983

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Abstract

Punctuation as a Approaching System* Mohan R. Limaye of Texas at Austin University In the classroom and even in a textbooks to in college systematic approach punctuation college of and business and techni- textbook in The Elements Technical grammar, composition, appears of cal has been communication, punctuation long pre- Writing. sented as a mass of unrelated rules. The A look at the on seemingiy scholarly writing punctuation most common is classification the last ten or so thus one the presentation by during years gives marks: lists of rules about when to use that there is some interest in punctuation impression punctua- and so on. tion and that commas, semicolons, handbook periods, dashes, theory writers, instructors, This mode of hides the true nature of and researchers are aware of the presentation following prin- as determined punctuation system, largely by ciples : and on a few that can 1. The various functions of are syntax operating principles punctuation be well defined. The current also termination combina- presentation separation, (of sentences), results in because it the and enclosure of poor learning exaggerates tion, introduction, grammatical role of convention in thus units. These functions facilitate the of punctuation, processing encouraging rote Effective communicators

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ABCA BulletinSAGE

Published: Mar 1, 1983

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