Re: quotation marks in European languages

From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Wed Jul 31 2002 - 04:33:55 EDT

> The correct quote symbols, according to the German typographic
> tradition, are

John Cowan scripsit:
> Does not German also support the quotation dash for dialogue?

Not really.

You may use the dash to indicate change of the speaker,

cf. <>.

Now, if you apply this scheme and drop the quote symbols entirely,
there are nothing but dashes to delimit the utterances -- which
may lead to the wrong perceiption that these dashes be used as
quote symbols. However, these dashes separate the contributions
of the various speakers, whilst quote symbols would enclose them.

Best wishes,
   Otto Stolz

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