Saturday, October 29, 2011

A New Punctuation Mark

For this assignment, you will write a blog post about a new punctuation mark that you have invented. To get an idea of how this assignment works, read through this sample assignment: The Pun-Intended Mark.

Here are the elements your blog post should contain:

Symbol: Choose your punctuation mark from the list of available symbols below. There is a large image which you can save (drag-and-drop to your desktop or right-mouse click and save) and then publish in your blog post. There is also a normal-sized version of the symbol which you can copy-and-paste to use in writing your blog post.

Name: Your new punctuation mark needs a name.

Usage: You need to explain how to use the new punctuation mark. There are basically four different approaches you can take here:
  • Your punctuation mark could be a variation on an already existing punctuation mark, so you would explain its usage based on how it is similar to but also different from that already existing punctuation mark.
  • Your punctuation mark could be used to reflect some aspect of human speech, a tonal quality that is conveyed in speech which we need to be able to convey in writing.
  • Your punctuation mark could be used to indicate a specific rhetorical or stylistic feature in the text.
  • Your punctuation mark could be used to replace some other kind of typographical convention, replacing that typographical convention with a punctuation sign.
As you explain the way(s) in which your punctuation mark will be used, you should also explain how both the name and the symbol you have chosen are related to its usage.

Advantages. Please make clear just what advantage(s) can be gained by the use of this punctuation mark. Are there any disadvantages you can foresee in the adoption of this new punctuation mark?

Examples. You need to provide at least FIVE sentences which demonstrate the usage of your punctuation mark. For each example, include at least one sentence where you explain how the punctuation mark contributes to the meaning of the sentence.

AVAILABLE SYMBOLS. Below you will find a list of available symbols to choose from:

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