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On Thu, May 20, 2010 at 2:47 PM, Paul Goble <pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com>wrote:
> Paired orthographic allograph?
> >From the discussion so far, perhaps we can agree that even if a name
> is found by which we might classify "K9," such name would not be
> commonly understood. Though perhaps a name might provide insight into
> some linguistic phenomenon, or aid in finding similar constructions.
> Having given up on the original question, there are other questions we
> can ask, such as: Does "K9" behave any differently than "canine" in
> spoken English? If it behaves the same in every respect, can we
> really say that "K9" is a different word than "canine," or is it just
> an alternate written representation of the same word? Is there a name,
> broader than allograph, for constructions which are discernible in
> written, but not spoken, language?
> Paul Goble
> Omaha, Nebraska
> pgcommunication -at- gmail -dot- com
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