Punctuation: Less Is More? ERIC Digest.

Bibliographic Details
Title: Punctuation: Less Is More? ERIC Digest.
Author(s): Dawkins, John; ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Bloomington, IN.
Source: 4 pp.
Availability: Full Text from ERIC Available online: https://eric.ed.gov/contentdelivery/servlet/ERICServlet?accno=ED347553
ERIC Clearinghouse on Reading and Communication Skills, Indiana University, 2805 E. 10th St., Suite 150, Bloomington, IN 47408-2698.
Peer Reviewed: N/A
Publication Date: 1992
Descriptors: Authors, Fiction, Grammar, Nonfiction, Punctuation, Writing Improvement, Writing Instruction, Writing Skills
Keyword: Writing Style, Historical Background, Rule Learning, ERIC Digests, Principles of Learning
Abstract: Punctuation, the original purpose of which was elocutionary, evolved a syntactic purpose as silent reading became more common. Despite the great similarity of punctuation rules among handbooks and manuals, punctuation has not been completely standardized. Punctuation practices vary from genre to genre, and the "best" fiction and nonfiction writers punctuate according to their needs, not according to the rules. If punctuation is looked at as a process rather than as product--that is, looked at as a matter of writer's intent--only two principles are needed to explain research on punctuation: (1) punctuate only to achieve clarity and/or effectiveness; and (2) use a hierarchy of six marks to show the nature and degree of separation. Systematizing the rules and emphasizing principles promises to make punctuation easier to learn. (RS)
Sponsoring Agency: Office of Educational Research and Improvement (ED), Washington, DC.
Language: English
Number of Pages: 4
Publication Type: ERIC Publications; ERIC Digests in Full Text
Entry Date: 1992
Accession Number: ED347553
Published: 19920101
Database: ERIC