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Re: SV: Re: Large language structures

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Thursday, January 2, 2003, 11:15
Christophe Grandsire scripsit:

> I always have difficulties > following written dialogues in English books because I can't see a clear sign > that the speaker has changed, until I see a "said..."...
In well-formed English dialogue, there is always a new paragraph when there is a change of speaker. If someone speaks for more than one paragraph, then there will be no closing quote at the end of all paragraphs but the last (although each paragraph will begin with an opening quote nonetheless). The only problem arises when someone says something, and then there is one or more paragraphs of narration, and the same speaker continues. This can confuse anglophones too. -- John Cowan Most languages are dramatically underdescribed, and at least one is dramatically overdescribed. Still other languages are simultaneously overdescribed and underdescribed. Welsh pertains to the third category. --Alan King