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 firstname.lastname@example.org http://www.ccil.org/~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.