Some texts may be divided into parts, chapters, sections and paragraphs. Sections are associated with the symbol $, and paragraphs with the Pilcrow.

My understanding is that there are no symbols associated with chapter.

Are there symbols which are associated with the parts of a document?

  • Cross-site duplicate Sep 4 at 14:17
  • @ZachSaucier Not so: That question asks for a chapter symbol, whereas mine asks for a part symbol.
    – Sapiens
    Sep 4 at 17:15
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    Are you asking about a certain kind of text, like a book, article, academic paper? All publishers have a style book that specifies this very thing. Some types of publishers have an in-house style book, many use commercially available style books like the Chicago Manual or Style. All may specify different symbols for the same situation.
    – user180961
    Sep 4 at 17:45
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    Ah, my mistake. Sep 4 at 18:06
  • @shashin-ka All sorts of text are of interest. Manuals of style, and their ilks, may be useful here. If not, there may be other sources, like histories of printing.
    – Sapiens
    Sep 4 at 18:12

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As stated in the question.....

  • The Pilcrow () designates paragraphs.

  • § is a section symbol, similar to the pilcrow.

  • According to English.StackExchange.com there's no universal symbol for chapters.

(English.se would probably be a better place to ask - since that is more likely where writers will be found - but chances are it'll be a duplicate there.)

Beyond chapters, sections, and paragraphs - I don't know what other symbols one would expect. There are no symbols for a "word" or "sentence".

Front/back matter is usually designated by a change in page numbers, i.e. Roman numerals rather than Latin - or alpha glyphs rather than numerals. Footnotes are designated by size and placement.

However, you could try perusing some standard punctuation lists to see if anything there is what you need.

  • "Beyond chapters, sections, and paragraphs - I don't know what other symbols one would expect." The question asked for a p a r t symbol.
    – Sapiens
    Sep 4 at 23:27
  • @Sapiens Part of what??? Part of a chapter? That's a section. Part of a section.. That's a paragraph. Part of a paragraph? That's a sentence. Part of a sentence? That's a word. You really aren't explaining yourself well. If you mean something like "text is continued elsewhere" then either "con't" or the standard ellipsis -- i.e. ... As far as I'm aware, there's no symbol for "part" whatever you mean by that.
    – Scott
    Sep 4 at 23:37
  • Books have parts, parts have chapters, chapters have sections, sections have paragraphs, paragraphs have definitions , lemmas, theorems, corollaries and other sentences. :)
    – Sapiens
    Sep 4 at 23:39
  • Oh that's not a design question. You need to ask at English.SE. The type of sentence is not something designers care about. If you want symbology which describes the text broken down to it's subject, verb, adverb, adjectives, etc...... you're not asking a design question. (and no, as far as I'm aware, nouns, verbs, etc, have no symbol other than what a dictionary may use, i.e. n or v.)
    – Scott
    Sep 4 at 23:41
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    Yes in general but $ is a dollar sign, it's not the same as § :) I would tend to use §§ for subsections.
    – Scott
    Sep 6 at 13:38

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