We are usually concerned with the semantics of texts. Yet we usually forget the basic ‘structure’ that organizes ideas. By dividing and limiting sentences, punctuation is the instrument to connect phrases into a text. Adam J Calhoun has tried to bring to the fore the important role of punctuation—by creating visualizations which show the punctuation structure of different novels. It is interesting to see how much different authors seem to have a unique style which makes one wonder how different punctuation patterns underpinning the nature (and meaning) of different novels. In the words of Adam: When we think of novels, of newspapers and blogs, we think of words. We easily forget the little suggestions pushed in between: the punctuation. But how can we be so cruel to such a fundamental part of writing?
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