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Sun Feb 19, 2006 1:08 am
Snoink says...



I'm trying to study Emily Dickinson... be afraid.

Sooo... I'm sure I'll get more questions as I continue my research, but my first question:

When we see a hyphen, how is that to be read? What kind of pause is it? Perhaps I'm looking at this too literally, but I am curious.
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Wed Feb 22, 2006 3:31 am
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When you say "hyphen" do you mean, well, a hyphen, or an em dash? Because they're two very different punctuation marks (but very similar in appearance).

Just so you know the difference, a hyphen is this: "-", like, "The blue-green sky."

And an em dash is "", as in, "She laughed — what a day."

Hyphens aren't read as pauses, but em dashes are. If that helps.
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Thu Feb 23, 2006 12:49 am
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Oops, lol.

Yes, I mean dashes. ;)
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Thu Feb 23, 2006 1:18 am
Sponson Light says...



Em Dashes, short for Emily Dashes. I think.

Emily Dashes is a nice name for someone.
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Fri Feb 24, 2006 3:13 am
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This might help you out...

http://www.english.uiuc.edu/maps/poets/a_f/dickinson/dash.htm

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