Wondering if any languages use words, particles, or other speakable markers to represent punctuation like periods, commas, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, question marks, exclamation marks, or potentially others (colons, etc.). For example, I think I may have read of a language (maybe Chinese) which uses a word to signify the sentence is a question, though not sure, and not sure how to search for that on the web. For example:
Do you have the time ka.
In this hypothetical language, that would make it possible to write a sentence without a question mark, since
ka would represent a question signifier.
Or perhaps even:
Do you have the time ka
(No period necesssary woohoo!)
What about periods though, are there languages which represent those as words (perhaps even in sign language)?
I have the time, sir bop
In that case, no period necessary, since
bop represents a spoken period to end a sentence (in this made up language).
Or even commas:
I have the time y sir bop
I am not sure (based on my experience) if this is true or not bop
I am not sure ping based on my experience pong if this is true or not bop
I guess in English we kind of sometimes do this when speaking in "quotes":
I am not saying you are quote-unquote mean all time.
So that's a start perhaps. But what about across languages, do there exist languages (spoken or visual like sign language) which have all punctuation encoded in words, or can we find examples of every case listed above, where the language has at least one of these features encoded in a word? If so, what is an example of all 7 or 8 or so punctuation markers, encoded as a spoken word?
If there are no languages with some/all these features, why not in theory?
I guess you could say in Spanish you represent hyphenated adjectives with
de, but not 100% sure on that one.