A Linguistic Study of American Punctuation

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P. Lang, 1987 - Foreign Language Study - 159 pages
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"A Linguistic Study of American Punctuation" is the first full-length treatment of American punctuation that is descriptive rather than prescriptive. The book has two purposes: to detail the relationship between punctuation and linguistic structure (syntax, prosody, semantics, and pragmatics) and to describe how this relationship affected the practice of punctuation in a collection of written texts taken from the Brown University Corpus of American English.

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Charles F. Meyer is Professor in the Department of Applied Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts, Boston. His recent publications include English Corpus Linguistics: An Introduction (Cambridge, 2002).

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