Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation (Paperback)
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Making a Point: The Pernickety Story of English Punctuation (Paperback)

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Paperback 400 Pages / Published: 01/09/2016
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This 'engaging history of punctuation' (Wall Street Journal) is not only the first history of its kind, but a complete guide on how to use English punctuation. 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 organisations like the Apostrophe Protection Society and sending enthusiasts, correction-pens in hand, in a crusade against error. 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.

Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
ISBN: 9781781253519
Number of pages: 400
Weight: 333 g
Dimensions: 200 x 130 x 21 mm
Edition: Main


MEDIA REVIEWS
Here is a learned and subtle book that amuses as it instructs, and instructs as it amuses. It deserves to sell three million -- Sam Leith * Guardian *
Mr Crystal treats his chosen period with enthusiasm and insight. -- Keith Houston * Wall Street Journal *
David Crystal's superb new book is packed full of illuminating examples ... With crisp, tight prose punctuated with self-conscious precision, Crystal provides not only a historical guide but an indispensable reference manual * South China Morning Post *
Crystal will delight anyone interested in written language ... he brings scholarly acumen and gravity, as well as delight and good humor, to his subject. * Publishers Weekly *

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