Learning About Punctuation

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For several hundred years critics have been complaining about standards of punctuation. Despite this concern, how people learn to understand punctuation is one of the most neglected topics in the field of literacy. Although there are numerous handbooks detailing the rules of the punctuation system, there have been very few studies about how punctuation is understood by learners. This timely book is the first ever to address the issues associated with how people, and especially children, make sense of punctuation....
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Overview

For several hundred years critics have been complaining about standards of punctuation. Despite this concern, how people learn to understand punctuation is one of the most neglected topics in the field of literacy. Although there are numerous handbooks detailing the rules of the punctuation system, there have been very few studies about how punctuation is understood by learners. This timely book is the first ever to address the issues associated with how people, and especially children, make sense of punctuation. The first chapter offers a detailed overview of some of the major issues. In Chapters 2, 3 and 4 the authors offer accounts of how children develop understanding of punctuation. Chapter 5 deals with teachers' experiences of, attitudes towards, and beliefs about the teaching and learning of punctuation. Chapter 6 contains a detailed analysis of one lesson in which punctuation was the main feature and explores its consequences for the children's use of punctuation in their writing. In Chapter 7 the author examines how a deaf child learned to punctuate and raises important issues about the relationship between oral language and punctuation. Chapter 8 contains a rare account of how young children use punctuation when reading. Finally, Chapter 9 offers an account of the problems of adult basic writers; difficulties which have a strong relationship with those faced by young writers.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780435072094
  • Publisher: Heinemann
  • Publication date: 4/1/1996
  • Pages: 174
  • Product dimensions: 5.87 (w) x 8.27 (h) x 0.45 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction 1
1 Learning About Punctuation: An Introduction and Overview 5
2 Invented Punctuation 37
3 Vicki's Story: A Seven-year-old's Use and Understanding of Punctuation 54
4 Just Periods and Exclamation Points: The Continued Development of Children's Knowledge About Punctuation 64
5 Conversations With Teachers About Punctuation 74
6 Learning About Punctuation: A Look at One Lesson 92
7 A Young Deaf Child Explores Punctuation 109
8 Who Says What? Learning to 'Read' the Punctuation of Direct Speech 128
9 Linguistics and the Logic of Non-standard Punctuation 148
References 170
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