Re: Punctuation character (inverted interrobang) proposed

From: John Hudson (
Date: Wed Sep 07 2005 - 00:40:57 CDT

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    Doug Ewell wrote:

    >>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.

    > The choice of whether to rush unabated from one clause to the next, or
    > introduce a brief pause between them, can often be a matter of
    > expressiveness. This is not black and white.

    Yes, prose style varies. So? When you want to clearly separate subordinate clauses
    typographically, you use a comma. The fact that you don't always use a comma doesn't alter
    the function or correct placement of the comma when it is used. The comma is not a random,
    mark to be inserted where ever like, an emoticon :)

    John Hudson

    Tiro Typeworks
    Vancouver, BC
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    October ferry to Gabriola, by Malcolm Lowry
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