From: John Hudson (email@example.com)
Date: Wed Dec 24 2008 - 12:58:57 CST
Joó Ádám wrote:
>> The syntactical form of English exclamations is usually identical to the
>> syntactical form of English questions, so the punctuation marks distinguish
>> and tell us how to read them.
> Exactly. Just as emoticons can distinguish and tell us how to read them.
Without the punctuation marks one cannot distinguish meaning between two
syntactically identical classes of utterance. I have yet to see any
emoticons that are essential to understanding text, which is not
surprising since they are not linked to grammatical structures in the
way that punctuation is.
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