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From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Sunday, December 7, 2008, 9:11
On 2008-12-06 Roger Mills wrote:
> Absolutely! Back in typewriter days, there were times I > needed a nice clean schwa on a few occasions. Solution: > take the paper out, put it back in upside down, align > carefully, type "e" and voilà. But keep the White-Out > handy :-) ...and it's not something convenient to do in a > lengthy paper :-)... > > In my diss. on South Sulawesi languages and > Proto-Austronesian, I fudged by using barred-i, which > annoyed some people; but IMNSHO was better than using the > standard "e" for *schwa, especially since SSul languages > also had [e] of different origin.
Back in my typewriter days, which ended in 1988 or thereabouts I fudged up an entire retransliteration of the IPA using overstrike characters and the likewise handy device of rolling the cylinder up/down a single notch to place periods and commas above and below letters, not to mention the sub- and superscript numbers beloved by philologists (H_1-4, e^2 etc.). Naturally the overstruck slash was a favorite (there was no backslash on Swedish typewriters) and I usually used a slash-overstruck or doublequote- overstruck (qua diaeresis) _e_ for schwa. As it happened my last typewriter year coincided with my first term in phonetics, and my teacher somewhat grudgingly complied, seeing the whole thing as a kind of typographic crutch for a disobled person, which it quite literally was.
> Even now I have a thing about the schwa character, and
> prefer to use e-breve in Indonesian material The breve was also a problem back then. I could fake a caron by striking both an acute and a grave accent on the same letter, though, and that had to do most of the time. /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "C'est en vain que nos Josués littéraires crient à la langue de s'arrêter; les langues ni le soleil ne s'arrêtent plus. Le jour où elles se *fixent*, c'est qu'elles meurent." (Victor Hugo)


Philip Newton <philip.newton@...>¡u?op ?p?sdn ? ? ? ?? u?? oo? no?
Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>OT typewriter woes (was: ¡u?op ?p?sdn ?? ? ?? u?? oo? no?)
Gary Shannon <fiziwig@...>¡u?op ?p?sdn ?? ? ?? u?? oo ? no?