RE: How is the glottal stop used in some languages?

From: Michael Everson (
Date: Fri May 11 2007 - 04:30:49 CDT

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    At 22:59 -0400 2007-05-10, Don Osborn wrote:

    >Didn't we have a discussion here a while back about the Latin alpha
    >and the problems of using it across fonts with the conventional
    >Latin a also? There are distinctions that make sense to the
    >technician and/or the linguist that are lost on the non-specialist

    The Uralicists have a fix for this. They typically write their
    transcriptions in italics, so "a" has the shape without the ear.
    Since the Uralic Phonetic Alphabet also uses the round a, when
    italicized this is represented with a Greek alpha glyph.

    Michael Everson *

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