Pause and Effect: An Introduction to the History of Punctuation in the West

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Malcolm Beckwith Parkes
Ashgate Publishing Company, 1992 - Literary Criticism - 327 pages
Pause and Effect offers an introduction to the history of punctuation in the West, identifying some of the broader circumstances which have influenced its development; for example, the practices of the early scribes, changing attitudes to the written word and the impact of printing. The core of the book comprises examples and plates taken from a wide range of manuscripts from different periods and languages; by focusing on evidence of the practice itself the reader is able to compare usages of different periods and to test the author's observations.

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Aids for Inexperienced Readers and the Prehistory of Punctuation
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