punctuate

21:08 May 23, 2011
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English language (monolingual) [PRO]
Social Sciences - Media / Multimedia
English term or phrase: punctuate
"In Lull's terms we are concerned with the ways in which television 'punctuates time and family activity such as meal time, bedtime, choretime, homework periods and a host of other related activities'.

Can I read is as 'marks' or 'defines'?
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3 +5divides up
Jack Doughty
3 +4delimit
Robin Levey
4marks or divides time into segments marking...
Jenni Lukac (X)
3accompanies
Mark Nathan


  

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4 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +5
divides up


Explanation:
...the ways in which television divides up time and family activity such as meal time, bedtime, choretime, homework periods...

Jack Doughty
United Kingdom
Local time: 06:23
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 8

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Allison Wright (X): e.g. Dinner is normally before 21:00 when XYZ programme starts (and is eaten in front of the TV).
3 mins
  -> Thank you. Yes.

agree  Mark Nathan: yes, I guess that's the simplest answer
15 mins
  -> Thank you.

agree  Tony M
9 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Thuy-PTT (X)
11 hrs
  -> Thank you.

agree  Phong Le
2 days 16 hrs
  -> Thank you.
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6 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 4/5Answerer confidence 4/5
marks or divides time into segments marking...


Explanation:
An option.

Jenni Lukac (X)
Local time: 07:23
Native speaker of: English
PRO pts in category: 24
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9 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5 peer agreement (net): +4
delimit


Explanation:
TV delimits the use made of hours in a day, in a way similar to how punctuation delimits the ideas in a text, forming phrases, sentences, paragraphs, etc.

Robin Levey
Chile
Local time: 03:23
Specializes in field
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
PRO pts in category: 8

Peer comments on this answer (and responses from the answerer)
agree  Mark Nathan: that's what I was trying to say but I took longer...
5 mins

agree  Liz Dexter (was Broomfield)
54 mins

agree  Gleice Attie
3 hrs

agree  Donna Stevens: that is, 'marks out'
8 hrs
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12 mins   confidence: Answerer confidence 3/5Answerer confidence 3/5
accompanies


Explanation:
I think the suggestion is that television is very much part of (some) families daily routine. They eat during such and a programme, go to bed when such and such programme ends etc. Television defines the periods of time that they devote to each activity, "I"ll do the ironing while XXX is on "etc.

I suppose you could say "defines".

Mark Nathan
France
Local time: 07:23
Native speaker of: Native in EnglishEnglish
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