Re: Punctuation character (inverted interrobang) proposed

From: John Hudson (
Date: Tue Sep 06 2005 - 22:21:40 CDT

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    Anto'nio Martins-Tuva'lkin wrote:

    > OTOH, it could be said that, following _ad absurdum_ John's argument about
    > "grammaticality", all punctuation is "expressive typography" -- as well as
    > case-titling, hyphenation and all things noy conveyed in spoken language.

    I disagree. The comma, for instance, is not 'expressive typography': it separates clauses
    and so relates directly to the nuts and bolts of a basic linguistic activity, sentence
    construction. This is my basic criterion for determining whether a sign is a punctuation
    mark or something else. Other typographical conventions may be navigational, articulatory
    or expressive, all of which are good and important purposes. But I don't consider them all
    punctuation marks.

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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    October ferry to Gabriola, by Malcolm Lowry
    A fork in the road, by Anik See

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