Punctuation and meaning
Punctuation is determined by sentence structure towards clearer meaning of your sentence.
It is important that we use punctuation consistently when we write; for instance, in the following sentences, meaning depends upon the absence or presence of commas.
In this section we will look at the rules for using the following punctuation marks:
- The comma
- Dashes and brackets
- The semicolon
- The colon
- The apostrophe
The Shannon-Weaver Model (1949)
The Shannon-Weaver Model was originally concerned with telephone interference in the winter-time. Ice would form on the telephone lines and create crackling noises. This noise would interfere with the clear transmission of messages. This notion of ‘noise’ can be applied to writing. Clear, reader-friendly writing, free from ‘noise’, will help you transmit your message clearly to the reader. You should ask yourself, “Is there any way in which my decoder (reader) can misinterpret my message.”
The following audio-visual presentation will show the Shannon-Weaver Model.
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