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.
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 400 pages
- Publisher: Profile Books Ltd
- Publication Date: 01/09/2016
- Category: Language: history & general works
- ISBN: 9781781253519