A short clip from the BBC podcast Word of Mouth with an extract from an episode on punctuation.
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Question 1 of 6
How many marks were there in Boncompagno da Signa‘s system of punctuation?Correct
Question 2 of 6
What were Da Signa’s punctuation symbols?Correct
There are two symbols.
Question 3 of 6
What did the symbols represent?Correct
Question 4 of 6
According to the speaker the dash is probably the same one we use today.Correct
Question 5 of 6
What did the Italian printer Aldus Manutius pioneer?Correct
Question 6 of 6
Complete this extract.
That was one of his innovations.
Another one was to take the (slash) and to (drop) it down to the baseline and give it a bit of a (curve). That's the comma.
The comma isn't Aristophanes's comma, it's this other comma from the 12th century given a (slightly) different (form).
But because the meaning's (essentially) the (same), it's acquired Aristophanes's original (name).
And so printing (plays) a big (part) in that. Suddenly one person can typeset a book in a (particular) way and that becomes the canonical (way) that you read that book or that text and so that (drove) standardisation quite (heavily).
- That was one of his innovations.