[Ads-l] Hawai'i

Geoffrey Steven Nathan geoffnathan at WAYNE.EDU
Wed Mar 23 18:27:05 UTC 2016


The use of the glottal stop symbol ('okina) by civilians (i.e. non-linguists) probably dates back to the recent rise in Hawaiian consciousness/nationalism in the eighties and nineties. The politically correct symbol, incidentally, is not an apostrophe but a reverse apostrophe (open single quote symbol--not on my iPhone).

Geoff (PhD, Hawai'i, 1978)

Geoffrey Nathan
Geoffnathan at wayne.edu

> On Mar 23, 2016, at 2:15 PM, Joel Berson <berson at ATT.NET> wrote:
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> Past twentysomething years?
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> Joel
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>      From: Jonathan Lighter <wuxxmupp2000 at GMAIL.COM>
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> The apostrophic spelling (with corresponding glottal stop in speaking) has
> become increasingly common in the past (let's say) twenty years.
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> JL
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> On Wed, Mar 23, 2016 at 11:27 AM, James A. Landau <JJJRLandau at netscape.com>
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>> I just received a change.org petition "Ban Conversion Therapy for Minors
>> in Hawai'i".=C2=A0 The petition was started by one
>> Michael Golojuch Jr of Kapolei, HI.=C2=A0 He spells the name of the state=
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>> an apostrophe between the last two letters, except in what appears to be
>> the text of the petition he uses the spelling "Hawaii".
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>> Mr. Golojuch in the below-cited URL also uses the expression "Mahalo nui
>> loa" and the word "aloha" so he knows at least 4 words of Hawaiian.
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>> - Jim Landau
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>> PS: If anyone be interested in the petition, it is at
>> https://www.change.org/p/hawaii-state-house-ban-conversion-therapy-for-mi=
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