I'm wondering if punctuation is necessary for written languages. I can't quite tell if in spoken languages we use "punctuation". It seems like "we say multiple words without pauses, breaks, or other gaps; and yet somehow, we can translate it to written text by adding things such as: commas, spaces, semicolons, and and periods."
I am wondering about:
- question marks
- exclamation marks
- single quotes for don't, etc.
It seems Chinese doesn't have spaces, but that they use [mostly] Western punctuation like ? and ! (not sure what they had before). I am not sure about other languages, wondering if any languages don't have punctuation at all, or there are none, if it is even necessary (and what it's goal serves). Maybe German from what I've seen doesn't have spaces in some places, since it seems like they combine letters into long combinations for complex meanings, but I'm not sure.