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National Center for the Study of Writing and Literacy Technical Report     October 1987

TR 11. Punctuation and the Prosody of Language

By Wallace Chafe

Summary: Prosody--rises and falls in pitch, accents, pauses, rhythms, variations in voice quality-- while a salient feature of spoken language, is not fully represented in written language. Reporting on a study of younger and older readers, Chafe explores the relationship between what he calls the covert prosody of writing and the principal device that writers use in order to make it at least partially overt, the devise of punctuation. October, 1987; 32 pages.

TR 11. Punctuation and the Prosody of Language
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