Author(s): R.L. Trask
Do you find punctuation difficult? Are you puzzled by colons and semicolons? Unsure of where commas should go? Confused by hyphens and apostrophes? If so, then this jargon-free and succinct guide is for you. The Penguin Guide to Punctuation contains precise and up-to-date definitions of every type of punctuation mark and shows how each should be used. It gives numerous examples of good and bad usage, and it explains the correct use of capital letters, contractions and abbreviations, italics, boldface and the special characters available on a word processor.
R L Trask has taught in the School of Cognitive and Computing Sciences at the University of Sussex since 1988. He is the author of a number of books, including A DICTIONARY OF GRAMMATICAL TERMS IN LINGUISTICS, LANGUAGE CHANGE, LANGUAGE: THE BASICS, A DICTIONARY OF PHONETICS AND PHONOLOGY, HISTORICAL LINGUISTICS and THE HISTORY OF BASQUE.
Why learn to punctuate?; the full stop, the question m ark and the exclemation mark; the comma; the colon and semi-colon; the apostrophe; the hyphen and the dash; capital letters and abbreviations; quotation marks; miscellaneous; punctuating essays and letters.