Are there any languages that punctuate mood?
August 4, 2006 8:57 PM Subscribe
I just realized (I'm fairly slow that way) that suddenly, and without fanfare, every language on Earth, excepting North-Korean and maybe a smattering of others, has acquired mood punctuation
i.e. emoticons. Much like a ? indicates that the
preceding sentence was a question, a jocular sentence is marked with a :)
Now, here comes my question. Are there any languages that have mood punctuation that pre-exists the internet? Or something similar? Markings that indicate a mood, feeling or emotion in any way?
posted by Kattullus to writing & language (21 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
And, since I'm being curious I might as well see where it led the cat. Do Spanish-writers precede a jocular sentence with a (: ?