diacritical marks WAS Re: Word (Phrase?) of the Year (so far)?; Rambo'd (UNCLASSIFIED)

Herb Stahlke hfwstahlke at GMAIL.COM
Sat Feb 2 02:50:49 UTC 2013

I checked the list of dissertations on the UCLA Linguistics web site, and
neither of ours is listed.  We obviously spent at least a year there at the
same time.  I was doing coursework from Fall '67 through Summer 69, when I
took a position in African linguistics at Illinois.  I finished my
dissertation in  Summer 1971.  What was your topic?


On Fri, Feb 1, 2013 at 10:01 AM, Laurence Horn <laurence.horn at yale.edu>wrote:

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> On Jan 31, 2013, at 11:18 PM, W Brewer wrote:
> > LH:  <<<"Söze".  The question of when the tradition of a following "e"
> can
> > be used is a separate one>>>
> > WB:  In my German class in days of yore (I once more reference mein
> Lehrer,
> > Adolf Hoffmann), I probably learned that the German Doppelpunkt was a
> > manuscript practice, an abbreviation of a Frakturschrift letter <e>,
> which
> > was penned (mit einem Feder) sort of like two upright harpoons joined
> > together, sort of like a pointy lower-case <n>. The Frakturschrift <e>
> was
> > moved from behind /a,o, u/, shrunk and placed on top of the vowel.
> >     Once upon a time, a general editor in Taiwan ordered me to "stop
> > putting umlauts" on people's vowels; there had been complaints. I
> replied,
> > okay, no more umlauts, but the DAIAERESES MUST STAND!" Of course, what he
> > meant was, stop putting any diacritics whatsoever on manuscripts.
> >     Alas, I was undoubtedly one of the last PhD candidates at UCLA to
> > crank out a dissertation on a manual typewriter, with dead keys for
> accents
> > and double-dots, tilde, and other civilized goodies I have long forgotten
> > about. Damn you, Bill Gates.
> >
> I'm (virtually) sure yours is indeed a later manually cranked out
> dissertation submitted in partial satisfaction of the requirements of the
> degree of Doctor of Philosophy at UCLA than mine (1972) was, but I'll bet
> you didn't have to go through each of 306 pages to retype the page numbers
> because the archivist determined that the page numbers on the submitted
> version were too close to (or too far from, I forget which) the bottom of
> the page.  There is something to be said for digital word processing.
> LH
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