Linguistics, Style and Writing in the 21st Century – with Steven Pinker
The Royal Institution
Oct 28, 2015
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Using standards-aligned, narrative techniques students will reflect on what makes them unique.
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Slash: Not Just a Punctuation Mark Anymore
April 24, 2013
by Anne Curzan
The Chronicle of Higher Education
Lots of us use the slash (/) in writing to capture two or more descriptions of the same thing, with a meaning something like “or,” “and,” or “and/or”—e.g., “my sister/best friend” or “request/require.”
The slash typically separates two things that are the same part of speech or parallel grammatically
The University of Oxford Style Guide
Hilary term 2016
If using ‘from’ with a start date/time, always use ‘to’ to indicate the end date/
time rather than an n-dash; alternatively, just use an n-dash without ‘from’.
- Michaelmas term runs from October to December.
- Michaelmas term runs October–December.
Use to link concepts or ranges of numbers, with no spaces either side.
- German–Polish non-aggression pact
When to use a hyphen
In an adjectival phrase before a noun
- the up-to-date list
- The value of a first-class degree is indisputable.
- a hot-air balloon
- ‘Rethinking provincialism in mid-nineteenth-century narrative fiction: Villette from our village’
- The Department for Continuing Education offers lots of part-time courses.
In an adjectival phrase including a verb participle
- The jumper was tight-fitting.
When not to use a hyphen
In noun phrases
- Labour Party conference
- The 19th century saw much reform.
To make a new compound noun – if it is a recognisable concept, make it one word; if it isn’t, use two words
- Websites are made up of webpages.
- Send me an email when you’re ready to proceed.
In an adjectival phrase that does not precede a noun
- Anyone can study part time at the Department for Continuing Education.
- The list was up to date.
- His marks just scraped into the first class.
In an adjectival phrase before a noun where the first element is an adverb ending in -ly (but note that any other adverbs in adjectival phrases do take a hyphen)
- She had a finely tuned ear for off-key music.
- XML documents must be well-formed texts.
- She was a badly paid apprentice.
Ursula K. Le Guin Steers Her Craft Into A New Century
Aug 29, 2015
sound is often forgotten in a piece of writing. “Writing is a kind of way of speaking, and I hear it,” she says.
“And I think a lot of readers hear it too. Even if they hear it in silence. And so the sounds of the language, and the rhythm and the cadence of the sentences are very powerful.”