Re: glottal stop

From: Petr Tomasek (
Date: Thu May 10 2007 - 16:16:11 CDT

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    On Thu, May 10, 2007 at 10:54:50PM +0200, Philippe Verdy wrote:
    > Petr Tomasek wrote:
    > > 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.
    > What Microsoft did is not relevant here.

    That's exactly what I'm trying to tell: so please stop using the
    way how MS Word (and other word processors which mimic MS Word)
    as an argument on how a particular character should/should not
    be encoded!

    > In fact the problem persists since
    > much longer time, when typewriters were introduced (and IBM did MUCH more
    > than Microsoft in this area with its typewriters and terminals sold in US.

    I don't see any problem here (i.e. I don't see any problem why a particular
    script couldn't use an apostrophe for glottal stop).

    Petr Tomasek <>

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