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Re: decimal point/comma (was conplaneteering)

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 6:17
Mark wrote:

> These days, a raised dot is a symbol for multiplication, > used when simple juxtaposition is ambiguous or for special cases like > the vector dot product.
In Linguistics, it's also used to indicate extra vowel length, e.g. in Algonquian linguistics. In some languages which have a contrast between short, long and extralong vowels, the raised dot represents the mean in that spectrum. ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637