Corpus ID: 21145133

"Mind your p's and q's": or the peregrinations of an apostrophe in 17th Century English

@article{Piton2010MindYP,
  title={"Mind your p's and q's": or the peregrinations of an apostrophe in 17th Century English},
  author={O. Piton and H{\'e}l{\`e}ne Pignot},
  journal={ArXiv},
  year={2010},
  volume={abs/1002.0479}
}
If the use of the apostrophe in contemporary English often marks the Saxon genitive, it may also indicate the omission of one or more let-ters. Some writers (wrongly?) use it to mark the plural in symbols or abbreviations, visual-ised thanks to the isolation of the morpheme "s". This punctuation mark was imported from the Continent in the 16th century. During the 19th century its use was standardised. However the rules of its usage still seem problematic to many, including literate speakers of… Expand
3 Citations

Tables and Topics from this paper

References

SHOWING 1-10 OF 34 REFERENCES
NooJ's dictionaries
MLA Handbook for Writers of Research Papers
Funeste destinée : l’apostrophe détournée
  • Graphê
  • 2008
hal-00452436, version 1 -2 Feb
  • hal-00452436, version 1 -2 Feb
  • 2010
Christians under the Ottoman Turks: French and English Travellers in Greece and Anatolia (1615-1695), Piscataway
  • 2009
Christians under the Ottoman Turks: French and English Travellers in Greece and Anatolia (1615-1695), Piscataway: The Gorgias Press
  • Christians under the Ottoman Turks: French and English Travellers in Greece and Anatolia (1615-1695), Piscataway: The Gorgias Press
  • 2009
Language processing of 17 Century British English with NooJ
  • NooJ
  • 2009
...
1
2
3
4
...