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PUNCTUATION, construction. The act or method of placing points (q.v.) in a written or printed instrument.
     2. By the word point is here understood all the points in grammar, as the comma, the semicolon, the colon, and the like.
     3. All such instruments are to be construed without any regard to the punctuation; and in a case of doubt, they ought to be construed in such a manner that they may have some effect, rather than in one in which they would be nugatory. Vide Toull. liv. 3, t. 2, c. 5, n. 430; 4 T. R. 65; Barringt. on the Stat. 394, n. Vide article Points.

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Zhou's assertion and argumentative focus provide an arena to fully engage punctuational poetics through her dynamic employment of colons as well as their relationship to the disciplines depicted in the long poem, such as science and mathematics.
In vocal performance, there are other means to indicate line ending: first of all, "punctuational pauses"; but also intonation contour, and some more elusive cues, such as the lengthening of the last speech sound or syllable, or overarticulation of the word boundaries, e.g., by inserting a stop release or a glottal stop where appropriate.
Besides recooling abbreviations and punctuational Yuri-ants not found in Barth's edited text, there is a notable variate "lege ein paar Leder fik sie cin.
But yes, that was her genius and she had the strength of mind to tell him so: "Myself the only Kangaroo among the Beauty." To herself she said, "Tell all the Truth but tell it slant." In idiosyncrasy--omission, truncation, disjunction, opacity, illogic, semantic and syntactic and grammatic and prosodic and punctuational oddness and ambiguity--hers was the hummingbird's Route of Evanescence.
This is the case of the discussion concerning the relations between biology and linguistics: "In the case of language and biology [...] there can be no harm in diachronicians' treating punctuational change, stasis, and gradual change as if those notions had been proposed wholly within linguistics and just accidentally happen to have extradisciplinary counterparts" (p.
Sale, who at the time was also working as an editor at Fiction, a metafiction hotbed, was an early reader of Pynchon's work and did a superb job of addressing the stylistic, orthographic, and punctuational complexities of the massive manuscript.
This passage shows a tension in Ghil's thought, as it insists that poetry does actually become music, and at the same time it encloses the words "orchestrating itself" in quotation marks, which are the common punctuational sign of the comparative "as if": Poetry (in a way) orchestrates itself (so to speak).
Lynne Truss styles herself a "stickler," and what she stickles about is the punctuational anarchy she encounters everywhere.
(6) While those punctuational shock-absorbers around "'Justice'" insist too much, the sentence's hybrid registers pose questions of causal responsibility which find more productive form earlier--in The Mayor of Casterbridge, a novel infused with ideas from other times, and populated by two central figures from other places.
PS: Eats, Shoots & Leaves is itself a punctuational joke.
* Punctuational, which consists of the use of defined marks (examples: spaces, periods, and commas) to provide primarily syntactic information about written utterances.
It badly wants proofing, spellchecking, and grammatical, punctuational and common-sense editing by someone ...