Re: IPA Null Consonant

From: John Cowan (
Date: Thu May 29 2003 - 09:06:12 EDT

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    Kent Karlsson scripsit:

    > Sorry for picking on every statement you make, but there is no such thing
    > as a "null set" or a "null set symbol" (null and empty aren't the same).

    "Null set" is quite common, though not as common as "empty set":
    see , which says they are
    equivalent terms.

    > I have yet to see anyone quote a linguistic texts that *explicitly* says that
    > they use the empty set symbol for this "empty" linguistic entity.

    Well, a linguistics paper I read yesterday (citation on request) definitely
    used the slashed-circle, aka empty set sign, to represent a nonexistent
    element (in this case an ellipsized word).

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