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Punctuation as typography (was Re: NATLANG: Geramn /heil/?)

From:Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>
Date:Saturday, November 26, 2005, 19:26
On Sat, 26 Nov 2005 13:59:52 -0500, caotope <johnvertical@...>

>> (PS: I believe in German it's actually /hail/. If you intended to do >> italics, the accept way to do that is with underscores, thus _heil_, >> to avoid confusion with phonemic notation.) >> >> -- >> Tristan > > Um, aren't underscores used for underlining? I propose using //two// > slashes for italics...
Two slashes are for archiphonemes. Underscores, however crazy, have a sturdy history as ASCII underlining, being used since time immemorial (more or less) to bracket the titles of books, films, and other media, traditionally italicised in typeset text. Paul


Paul Bennett <paul-bennett@...>