Re: Apostrophes (was Re: Exemplar Characters)

From: Mark E. Shoulson (
Date: Tue Nov 22 2005 - 14:55:39 CST

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    Peter Constable wrote:

    >The suggestion that glottal stop is a "phantasy" is linguistically preposterous, and I'm certain is not what Ken meant.
    >The glottal stop is most certainly a contoid. Contoids require some obstruction of airflow, but not necessarily by the tongue coming in contact with the roof of the mouth -- [p] is an example we can all agree on, but [ʔ] is also a contoid. I know of no school of linguistics that would question this.
    I agree with you, but even that doesn't matter. The place to debate the
    reality or non-reality of the glottal stop as a speech-sound is not
    here. Real or not, enough linguists are pleased to treat it as if it
    exists that it has its own IPA character and a place in most texts on
    phonetics etc. Given the usage and the recognition it gets, the need
    for the letter is indisputable. If someone believes that the usage and
    recognition is undeserved, that should be discussed on an appropriate
    linguistics-oriented forum.

    If invisible pink unicorns had a symbol that saw as much use as ʔ, that
    symbol would also deserve a place in Unicode.


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