Intonation, Direct Address and Commas

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Intonation, Direct Address and Commas

Post by lousanders » Sun Jan 24, 2016 11:09 am

I think I am understanding punctuation with respect to intonation in a direct address.

Intonation: the rise and fall in the sound of your voice when you speak.

Go Yankees!
No comma after "Go" indicates that my voice did not increase or decrease in intonation, but rather it remained at the same tone when I uttered both words; hence no comma after "Go".

Go, Yankees!
The comma indicates that my intonation dropped slightly when I said Yankees; thus the comma after "Go" would indicate this dip in intonation when pronouncing Yankees.

Am I correct on both counts, i.e., my punctuation in each example and the reason/logic for each?

Many thanks.

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