From: Michael Everson (email@example.com)
Date: Thu Aug 20 2009 - 09:50:49 CDT
On 20 Aug 2009, at 11:09, Julian Bradfield wrote:
> It's true that I'm unlikely to use Greek beta and IPA beta in the same
> paper, because I don't work on Greek.
You might easily encounter it in etymologies.
> However, I do deal with
> formalizations of phonological theories. In describing grammatical
> re-writing rules, it is conventional (among mathematicians and
> computer scientists) to use (mathematical) Greek letters to stand for
> strings of "letters" from the grammatical alphabet. If I'm giving a
> phonological re-writing rule, how am I to distinguish the string
> variable β from the phoneme symbol IPA beta?
Perhaps with LATIN SMALL LETTER BETA and GREEK SMALL LETTER BETA?
Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/
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