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Punctuation: Living with Two Traditions

Peter Elbow

in Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199782505
eISBN:
9780190252861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.003.0013
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter describes a fairly simple and orderly technique for punctuating by reading aloud and listening carefully. It first discusses two conflicting traditions about grammar, an older ... More


Good Enough Punctuation by Careful Reading Aloud and Listening

Peter Elbow

in Vernacular Eloquence: What Speech Can Bring to Writing

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
March 2015
ISBN:
9780199782505
eISBN:
9780190252861
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199782505.003.0014
Subject:
Literature, Criticism/Theory

This chapter shows how careful reading aloud yields punctuation that is at least good enough, even for the grammar-based rules. It argues that most punctuation mistakes come from paying too ... More


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