Re: International Punctuation

Subject: Re: International Punctuation
From: Wayne Douglass <wayned -at- VERITY -dot- COM>
Date: Wed, 8 Apr 1998 14:21:06 -0700

At 03:38 PM 4/8/98 -0400, Kirk Stamant wrote:

>I have a punctuation question that involves
>international readers. Does anyone know if different
>cultures use either different punctuation marks than do
>American English speakers or if any cultures use "standard
>American punctuation marks" differently than American
>English speakers do?
>
The answer is yes.

UK English punctuation convention differs in trivial ways from the US
standard (I'd recommend G. V. Carey's _Mind the Stop_ on UK punctuation
conventions, but it's out of print). Spanish uses an upside down question
mark and exclamation point. There are probably other differences.

--Wayne
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