Re: decimal point/comma (was conplaneteering)
|From:||Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>|
|Date:||Wednesday, February 16, 2005, 6:17|
> 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.
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