Beside the Point: Fate and Future of the Paragraph
Digitization has rung the death knoll to many a punctuation mark, and other features of navigating the text like paragraphs and indentation. Or has it? Surprisingly, the simple act of dividing a text through blank lines into paragraphs has not always been practised, and so, its status is not at all a given in the future's exponentially growing online communication. In this episode, we think about what paragraphs and indentations are, why we have them, and why it might be smart to hang onto them just a little longer. Listen in for the history of blanks, and some nerdy typography digressions to boot!
Otros episodios de "Standing on Points: A Cultural History of Punctuation"
Holy Punctuation: A Conversation
55:54Nothing less than the salvation of your soul -- when it's about understanding the meaning of God's words, it's crucial to get it right. That's why all three "religions of the book", Judaism, Christianity, and Islam, have developed systems of punctuation in order to fix meaning and guide reading of their holy texts. In this episode, I talk to Professor Abla Hasan from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln about punctuation in the Koran, and about her wider work on language and gender relationships in Islam. Join us as we discuss the birth and transmission of the Koran, how navigating its verses is like riding a car in a busy city, and why it's not actually Eve's fault we were banished from Paradise!
53:44What's the right size of a dog? Do you look forward to being a pensioner? Are you using a basket for picknicking? What did you do at bandcamp? Do you mind my asking so many questions? If you're looking for answers, stop listening. If you are curious about the origin of questions and the questionmark, tune in. In this episode, I'm exploring the history of the sign, how it entered writing in the Middle Ages, and what it's doing in literature, and I'm also thinking about "uptalk" - I mean uptalk?
An Admirable Point: The Screamer, the Slammer, the Dog’s Dick, the Exclamation Mark
52:31Yo!!! Join me on a journey from medieval manuscripts to text messages, comics, music, linguistics, and chess, and discover the where and why of the !!!!! Also, what's the town with the most ! in its name? Listen in and find out. Or rather 'out!'.
Saving the World One Comma at a Time: A Conversation
49:21How would you explain memes to Shakespeare? Can you be funny with climate change? And why is death too awful to gets its own line in a poem? Join me in a conversation with poet Nadia Lines about writing, the pandemic, ecology, old poets, young poets, and of course punctuation. Find her poems here: https://nadialines.weebly.com You can follow her on Twitter here: @NadiallLines
Beside the Point: Fate and Future of the Paragraph
1:21:41Digitization has rung the death knoll to many a punctuation mark, and other features of navigating the text like paragraphs and indentation. Or has it? Surprisingly, the simple act of dividing a text through blank lines into paragraphs has not always been practised, and so, its status is not at all a given in the future's exponentially growing online communication. In this episode, we think about what paragraphs and indentations are, why we have them, and why it might be smart to hang onto them just a little longer. Listen in for the history of blanks, and some nerdy typography digressions to boot!
This. And Elsewhere: The History of the Index
1:12:46What do fingers and books have in common? They point. To this. To elsewhere. An index helps with that, that of the hand, and that in a book. But how did books actually come to have them? And what are they useful for? This episode traces the development of indexes (or indices!), that under-estimated text navigation technology that's still with us today in for of Google searches.
43:36Of the impossibility of imposing rules on an unruly system. Are you a stickler when it comes to grammar or punctuation? Then don't listen to this one. Some thoughts in defence of an expansive sense of language (read, in defence of mistakes and ambiguity).
Part 2 of Part 2 of the History of Punctuation
52:04I continue the long second part of the history of punctuation, exploring mini-biographies of the parenthesis, ellipses (DOT DOT DOT), and quotation marks. From the Renaissance, I also rush through to the present day, touching on digital punctuation. But that's for another episode!
Part 1 of Part 2 of the History of Punctuation: Late Medieval to Early Modern
45:49Apostrophe, semi-colon, comma, parentheses, ellipses, quotation marks -- six marks and counting within 200 years. How come there is an explosion of punctuation marks in between 1400 and 1600? What were the intellectual and technological factors accounting for such a boom? This is part 1 of part 2 of the history of punctuation -- I realized part is a long history, so there are two parts of part 2!
Nothing is but what is not: Punctuation which isn't.
28:38What do you think about first when you hear 'punctuation'? Dots, dashes, question marks, right? But what is the most important punctuation was no punctuation at all...? In this episode, I explore...nothing. In praise of emptiness!