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Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation
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  • 1. Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ Mark Kille > Writing Skills for Theological Education > October 20, 2009
  • 2. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES This presentation was going to include recorded sound, but I couldn’t get it to work in time. Apologies!
  • 3. SOURCES CONSULTED American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association . Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2001. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers . New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Purdue University, The Writing Lab, and The OWL at Purdue. “Quotation Marks.” http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/1 , accessed October 20, 2009. Strunk, William, and E. B. White. The Elements of Style . Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999. Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers . Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007.
  • 4. Normally, other punctuation goes inside the quotation marks. Pat asked, “Why do gorillas have big nostrils?” Chris answered, “Because gorillas have big fingers.”
  • 5. When using parenthetical references, though, it’s different. Chris answered, “Because gorillas have big fingers.” (Chris 54) . The period moves outside the quotation marks, to the end of the sentence.
  • 6. The first letter of the quoted sentence is still capitalized. This looks wrong to me! I will have to force myself to comply. Chris answered, “Because gorillas have big fingers” (Chris 54) . HOW I HAVE LIKED TO DO IT: Chris answered “because gorillas have big fingers” (Chris 54).
  • 7. Question marks can go outside quotation marks too, when the sentence containing the quote is itself a question. Did Chris answer, “Because gorillas have big fingers” ?
  • 8. Question marks can go outside quotation marks too, when the sentence containing the quote is itself a question. Did Chris answer, “Because gorillas have big fingers” ? This also looks wrong to me! Did Chris answer “because gorillas have big fingers”?
  • 9. What about combining question marks and parenthetical references?
  • 10. What about combining question marks and parenthetical references? I always thought the reference just came after the quote. Pat asked, “Why do gorillas have big nostrils?” (Pat 27)
  • 11. Pat asked, “Why do gorillas have big nostrils?” (Pat 27) What about combining question marks and parenthetical references? I always thought the reference just came after the quote. However, Modern Language Association style says to put a period after the reference. Pat asked, “Why do gorillas have big nostrils?” (Pat 27) .
  • 12. Interestingly, I was unable to confirm the use of this oddly extra punctuation in any of the other sources I consulted. You could maybe succeed where I failed, if you checked them out...and you definitely could learn a lot more about the intricacies of quotation marks!
  • 13. SOURCES CONSULTED (again) American Psychological Association. Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association . Washington, DC: American Psychological Association, 2001. Gibaldi, Joseph. MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers . New York: Modern Language Association of America, 2003. Purdue University, The Writing Lab, and The OWL at Purdue. “Quotation Marks.” http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/577/1 , accessed October 20, 2009. Strunk, William, and E. B. White. The Elements of Style . Boston: Allyn and Bacon, 1999. Turabian, Kate L. A Manual for Writers of Research Papers, Theses, and Dissertations: Chicago Style for Students and Researchers . Chicago guides to writing, editing, and publishing. Chicago: University of Chicago Press, 2007. THE END

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