Punctuation for children

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    The punctuation rules we use today were still developing in the early 19th century, and there was much confusion. Should a sentence be punctuated according to the way it is structured grammatically, or by how it would be read aloud? Madame Leinstein, the author of this children’s guide, appeared to favour the latter.

     

     

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    The verses recommend a steady increase in the pauses allowed for a comma, semi-colon, colon and a period (full stop). It is a kind of mathematical relationship which, if implemented exactly, would produce an awkward and ponderous reading style.

     

    Madam Leinstein, The Good Child’s Book of Stops, c.1825.

    Shelfmark: C.193.a.181.

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