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This Handbook critically examines research and theoretical issues that impact writing development from the early years through to adulthood. It provides those researching or teaching literacy with one of the most academically authoritative and comprehensive works in the field. With expert contributors from across the world, the book represents a detailed and valuable overview of a complex area of study.

Developing an Understanding of Punctuation
Developing an understanding of punctuation
Introduction

One of the less-studied aspects of written language development is how children come to understand punctuation. As recently as 1999, Beard commented that, ‘Punctuation has rarely been discussed at length in literacy education publications’, and part of the reason for this is that there has been so little research on the topic. This is, perhaps, rather surprising, for probably the aspect of language knowledge most frequently complained about is punctuation. Only recently, for over a year, the world's best selling nonfiction book was a tirade about people's failures to punctuate correctly, what the author termed a ‘zero tolerance approach to punctuation’ (Truss, 2003).

Such complaints about poor punctuation are nothing new, for despite the mythologies of politicians, ...

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