Thanksgiving Is Ruined
January 23, 2011
the threat of Continuous Partial Attention disorder
How possibly to defeat it?
One means: punctuation:
The use of commas, semicolons, and brackets, supplies the place of inflections, and enables us to introduce, without danger of equivocation, qualifications, illustrations, and parenthetical limitations, which, with our English syntax, would render a long period almost unintelligible unless its members were divided by marks of punctuation. . . .
The above was written by George Perkins Marsh.
See his Lectures on the English Language, herein, specifically lecture XIX, the first of three terrific lectures entitled "The English Language as Affected by the Art of Printing," p. 414-15.
Stumbled onto the above volume while researching the word "nolonté," used a few weeks ago, here, in a discussion of the thought of Vladimir Jankélévitch.