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Do any languages use words like particles to represent commas, periods, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, etc.?

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 ...
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Do any languages use words like particles to represent commas, periods, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, etc.?

Latin has a spoken marker for yes-and-no questions, though it is not placed at the end of the question, but at the topic word: -ne
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Which alphabetic writing system first had spaces between words?

If we allow abjads, Imperial Aramaic in Aramaic script was one of the first to consistently use spacing, from the mid-7th century BCE. This might have been due to the influence of Akkadian cuneiform ...
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Is punctuation necessary in written language?

It's not necessary. We know this because punctuation is actually a relatively recent invention: Classical Latin, for example, was often written without punctuation or spacing of any sort. However, ...
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Why is the question mark like this in Hebrew language?

This is likely to be an unsatisfying answer, but… Historical accident. That's just the way it is. Hebrew imported various punctuation marks from various other languages of Europe fairly early, and ...
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Do any languages use words like particles to represent commas, periods, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, etc.?

It's not so much that languages use particles to represent punctuation, but that some particles can perform the same function as punctuation. It is hard to imagine that this would not go hand in hand ...
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How do you break words across lines in Arabic?

You don't break words in Arabic. Instead of breaking words, the Arabic script uses optional stretching of words to justify text columns. You can stretch the inter-letter joins and also some individual ...
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Why do we make a distinction between letters and punctuation marks?

Good question! The distinctions made between all these different components of a writing system are observed by linguists and then given names. The defining feature of a punctuation mark is that it'...
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Is a full stop a morpheme?

Morphemes are sequences of phonemes that have meaning. A full stop or period doesn’t correspond to any sequence of phonemes; so it’s not a representation of a morpheme. It is however related to ...
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Are Hebrew numeric ranges written right-to-left or left-to-right?

According to the Academy of Hebrew Language, Hebrew numeric ranges should be written right-to-left. http://hebrew-academy.org.il/topic/hahlatot/punctuation/#target-3447
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Do any languages use words like particles to represent commas, periods, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, etc.?

Biblical Hebrew, which traditionally was written with very little punctuation, often uses what we call a word (usually translated to "and") but is actually a prefix (ו־ – Hebrew is right-to-...
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Are there spaces or other marks between word in Ancient Semitic epigraphs?

Usually there are marks, but in casual and unofficial texts they are often absent. The oldest lengthy Old Phoenician text, on king Ahiram's sarcophagus, c. 850 BC, has its words divided with a short ...
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Are non-spoken elements, such as capitalization and punctuation mark usage, part of the English language?

The use of hyphens and dashes could be considered part of a language's orthography, literally its "correct writing". Orthography encompasses everything from the alphabet to spelling to capitalization ...
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What are all of the possible punctuation that are used within words in the majority of languages?

What you want to do is Unicode text segmentation. Look into the "Word Boundaries" section. If you can't understand it, read a Unicode manual first—Unicode's own book is free and easy to understand. ...
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"Dash" dialog punctuation in different languages

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quotation_mark#Quotation_dash: This style is particularly common in Bulgarian, French, Greek, Hungarian, Polish, Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Spanish, Swedish, ...
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Why are Chinese punctuation marks 。and 、so similar to its western style equivalents?

Shapes that are too simple are always going to resemble each other. A small dot-like mark used for marking pauses in prose necessarily is different from the rest of the shapes and/or locations of ...
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Do any languages use words like particles to represent commas, periods, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, 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 Absolutely, that word is 吗. It's pronounced ma. 我给你一本书 means "I give ...
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What causes people to make mistakes in language usage? Is it bad concentration or mislearned rules or ...?

There are two kinds of rules in language: cognitive rules, and social rules. Social rules include statements like that "ain't" is not a word, or prepositions are things that you shouldn't ...
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Do any languages allow merging of two sentences without punctuation?

There is no punctuation in spoken languages (ignoring constructed languages like Lojban with spoken punctuation). It is debatable whether punctuation is a feature of language at all. Even in written ...
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Are non-spoken elements, such as capitalization and punctuation mark usage, part of the English language?

Being a linguist, I agree with all of them except for #5 (which is untrue). Written language is a late-developing technological development -- through most of its evolution, language has been spoken ...
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Significance of 'ฯ' in English orthography

@Alex Clough: this symbol (ฯ) is a Thai symbol that demonstrates that the word(s) before it has been abbreviated; for whatever reason, the lexicologists/orthographers working with the text recognition ...
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Do any languages use words like particles to represent commas, periods, hyphens, quotes, parentheses, etc.?

Expanding on @Janus Bahs Jacquet's comment: Japanese has the following particles ka - at the end of a sentence serves as spoken question mark yo - at the end of a sentence serves as spoken ...
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Are Hebrew numeric ranges written right-to-left or left-to-right?

There is no consensus on the writing direction for the numerical string indicating the range or period in Hebrew. As you can see accordingly to the decision of the Academy of the Hebrew Language "...
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Is a full stop a morpheme?

The first answer I drafted was similar to what boiko ended up writing, but I abandoned it on realizing what you've confirmed by your comment: you're not asking about the linguistic status of the ...
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Why are Chinese punctuation marks 。and 、so similar to its western style equivalents?

I seriously doubt that the claims in the Wikipedia article are true: They don't cite scholarly papers but some strange Baidu site whose reliability I cannot assess at all. It seems very unlikely that ...
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Are non-spoken elements, such as capitalization and punctuation mark usage, part of the English language?

As you're already aware, in one sense, this could be said to be just as trivial as any other terminology issue. Some people use one definition, other people use another, and it doensn’t really matter ...
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Are there sentence boundary disambiguation algorithms which can handle punctuation errors with decent accuracy?

I built a sentence segmenter that works excellently on unpunctuated or partially punctuated text too. You can find it at https://github.com/bedapudi6788/deepsegment . This models is based on the idea ...
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Why do we make a distinction between letters and punctuation marks?

From a modern European point of view, it's tempting to see the concept of an "alphabet" as a universal aspect of writing, and that writing is inevitably made up of "letters" and &...
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Why do we make a distinction between letters and punctuation marks?

It is kind of a historical artefact. Letters (or signs for syllables, consonants, or words) came first historically, everything else, including word separators or spaces between words, came much ...
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Do any languages allow merging of two sentences without punctuation?

In Berber, the coordinating conjunction "and" between utterances doesn't exist (A part from some varieties). They say: I ate, I watched TV yesterday.
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