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Re: Uusisuom (phonemic????)

From:And Rosta <a.rosta@...>
Date:Sunday, April 22, 2001, 16:18
John Cowan:
> Raymond Brown wrote: > > > Single letters are shown by enclosing them between < > - but as these may > > be misinterpreted if reading mail through a browser, many (including > > myself) prefer to use { }. > > I have never understood what is wrong with quotation marks: the forms "a" > and 'a' far more natural to me than either <a> or {a}.
Brevity and clarity. "<a>" is shorter than "the letter 'a'" and clearer than simply "'a'", which could refer to a concept type, concept token, word type, word token, morpheme, phoneme or phone, and often will not be sufficiently clarified from context (as I can vouch for from numerous undergraduate essays). --And.


John Cowan <cowan@...>