Re: glottal stop

From: Marnen Laibow-Koser (
Date: Thu May 10 2007 - 16:51:30 CDT

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    On May 10, 2007, at 4:04 PM, Petr Tomasek wrote:

    > On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 03:36:26PM -0400, William J Poser wrote:
    >> A nice example of the problems created by using apostrophe
    >> for glottal stop (and glottalization of the preceding consonant)
    >> is found in Carrier. This convention was introduced in the days
    >> of typewriters, when apostrophe and right single quote were the same.
    >> MS Word and other word processors, however, are prone to think that
    > But this is a problem caused by the Microsoft's hegemony and
    > it's way of thinking "we are more clever than the stupid user"
    > not a fault of using apostrophe to denote glottal stop.

    No. The problem has nothing to do with Microsoft. The problem is
    rather that using a punctuation mark as a letter makes it hard for
    text-handling routines to know what is a letter and what isn't.

    >> Bill
    > --
    > Petr Tomasek <>


    Marnen Laibow-Koser

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