Another take on the English apostrophe in Unicode

Leo Broukhis leob at
Fri Jun 5 01:01:53 CDT 2015

On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 9:25 PM, David Starner <prosfilaes at> wrote:

> Hyphens generally make multiple words into one anyway. There's not really
> multiple hyphens the way there's separate quotes and apostrophes.

Generally, but not always, just as apostrophes aren't always at a
contracted word boundary. There is only one hyphen because no language
(AFAIK) claims it as part of its alphabet.


> On 7:01pm, Thu, Jun 4, 2015 Leo Broukhis <leob at> wrote:
>> Along the same lines, we might need a MODIFIER LETTER HYPHEN, because,
>> for example, the work ack-ack isn't decomposable into words, or even
>> morphemes, "ack" and "ack".
>> Leo
>> On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 6:31 PM, David Starner <prosfilaes at>
>> wrote:
>>> On Thu, Jun 4, 2015 at 2:38 PM Markus Scherer < at>
>>> wrote:
>>>> "don’t" is a contraction of two words, it is not one word.
>>> But as he points out, it's not a contraction of don and t; it is, at
>>> best, a contraction of do and n't. It's eliding, not punctuating. In the
>>> comments, he also brings up the examples of "Don’t you mind?" being okay
>>> but not *"Do not you mind?", and "fo’c’sle".
>>> > You can't use simple regular expressions to find word boundaries.
>>> Who uses _simple_ regular expressions? You can't use any code to
>>> reliably find word boundaries in English, and that's a problem.
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