Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation

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Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation

  1. 1. Quotation Marks: Playing Well with Other Punctuation “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ “ Mark Kille > Writing Skills for Theological Education > October 20, 2009
  2. 2. TECHNICAL DIFFICULTIES This presentation was going to include recorded sound, but I couldn’t get it to work in time. Apologies!
  3. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 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. 9. What about combining question marks and parenthetical references?
  10. 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. 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. 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. 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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