Re: where to hyphenate: non-native-English-speaking ?

Subject: Re: where to hyphenate: non-native-English-speaking ?
From: "Monique Semp" <monique -dot- semp -at- earthlink -dot- net>
To: "Janoff, Steven" <Steven -dot- Janoff -at- hologic -dot- com>, "TechWR-L" <techwr-l -at- lists -dot- techwr-l -dot- com>
Date: Thu, 23 Feb 2017 17:46:37 -0800

Is there a separate development team composed only of non-native-English speakers?
Otherwise you might try, "My initial source material was a Word document authored by the non-native-English speakers on the development team." (Or maybe remove the first "the.")
Or is the entire development team composed of non-native-English speakers?
The three-hyphen string looks technically correct at first but it's actually modifying "development team."

An offlist reply supplied a very elegant rewrite that I've gone with, "... the Development team, for whom English is a second language."

I think the three-hyphen version is correct for what I meant: the entire dev team was in Asia, and English was a 2nd (or 3rd) language for everybody. Email exchanges were a challenge, and the time zone difference made scheduling calls difficult. But it was a wonderful team to work with, and they cared much more than most dev teams (regardless of location/language) about making sure that the docs were correct and reflected well on their work :-).

-Monique
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