RE: IPA Null Consonant

From: Andrew C. West (
Date: Tue May 27 2003 - 12:50:03 EDT

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    On Tue, 27 May 2003 09:47:46 -0500, wrote:

    > It is not better. If anything might be better, it would be a digit zero
    > from a font that has a slash through it. In the past, linguists have
    > probably put this into their documents by typing zero, backspacing and
    > typing /, or formatting with a slash (if supported in a word processor).
    > The O-stroke would be a last resort for a linguist, IMO.

    In which case, although no-one has mentioned it thusfar, would U+0031 (DIGIT
    ZERO), U+0338 (COMBINING LONG SOLIDUS OVERLAY) be more correct ?

    It does not combine in most fonts, looks dreadful in others (e.g. Arial Unicode
    MS), but does look OK in a few fonts (e.g. Cardo and Code2000). It does have the
    advantage of not taking on any of the semantic baggage of U+00D8, U+00F8 or
    U+2205. The drawback is that it'll probably look awful on a web page (which is
    where I need it).

    But it does bring me back to my original question, as to what the correct (or
    generally accepted) form of the glyph is ? I have seen printed texts with what
    appears to be a slashed zero, but I have also seen printed texts that use a
    slashed circle that looks just like U+2205 (EMPTY SET).


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