22/7 wrote:If I could have an alternate horn that would yell "If you use your turn signal, I'll let you in" loud enough to hear inside another car, I would pay nearly any amount of money for it.
LittleKey wrote:First of all, read this example: "Do you want to go out on Thursday? Because I'm off that day." Now, imagine saying that in real life; you would combine it into one sentence, wouldn't you? you'd put the rising tone on "day" to make it a question and meld it into one sentence while keeping the first part as a question. It's one of those sentences where the first part is a question, but it can still be made into a sentence in normal flowing speech. What's my point? Try typing it in one sentence, like you would say it in real life.
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what is that from?
Dingbats wrote:Other than that, there's a damn lot that writing can't convey that speaking can. You'd need to draw intonation contours over the words or something to even get close. Writing is a retarded cripple compared to speech.
LittleKey wrote:Dingbats wrote:Other than that, there's a damn lot that writing can't convey that speaking can. You'd need to draw intonation contours over the words or something to even get close. Writing is a retarded cripple compared to speech.
That's the problem. And besides, intonation contours aren't very useful, cause we already know how words sound when put next to other words. Contours just aren't necessary.
Felstaff wrote:Um, I think my point is that speech does not have to follow grammatical rules and syntax
Dingbats wrote:but if we wanted to be able to express everything that speech can in writing, we'd need something like [intonation contours]
kirkedal wrote:I believe that the point of written language is a way to record knowledge, history, fiction etc. rather than to embody spoken language. Phonetic alphabets do that.
llamapalooza wrote:A letter serves the same purpose as a phone call, but uses written language.
llamapalooza wrote:But you'd use a letter to relay what happened this week to someone, just like you might that phone call to someone you haven't seen in a long time.
Shivari wrote:The same thing goes for "Utterly useless, or worth looking into?"
gmalivuk wrote:Shivari wrote:The same thing goes for "Utterly useless, or worth looking into?"
The typical way to pronounce that would already be to raise your tone on "useless" and then drop it again on "into". That's the usual pronunciation for questions with a list of options, so I definitely agree that no additional punctuation is necessary.
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SSB wrote:Another way to express the thought is:
I'm off on Thursday; would you like to go out [then]? -- "Then" would be optional, depending on whether when the event was proposed to happen demanded additional emphasis.
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MightGrabYou wrote:Just a little thought. I think a very elegant way of writing the half-mark would be writing a ? with a , (comma) instead of a . (dot). Seems like a natural way of writing it to me, dots end a sentence, comma's give a pause but don't end the sentence.
The same could be done for ! (exclamation marks). but I can't think of an example where that would be used right now.
Might have to write that comma a little bigger, but I'm sure you catch my drift.
Alpha Omicron wrote:A 'question comma' was once introduced to solve this problem. It didn't catch on.
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