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Date: 2004-08-08 (15:29)
From: Olivier_Pérès <olivier.peres@l...>
Subject: Re: [Caml-list] "a 'a list" or "an 'a list"
> would you then write : a 'a nupplet ?

    Nah, those I met say "a n-tuple". It's a case of linguistic amnesia, 
like "s'avérer vrai" in French ("s'avérer faux" is even worse, of course).

    I suppose the answer to the original question lies in the 
pronunciation of ' : "tick" was suggested, I have also heard "dash" but 
I think strictly speaking one should say "apostrophe". However, given 
how fond of shortcuts the English speakers are, especially when they are 
American, I suspect this might be a bit long for them.

    I don't know of any specifications that include pronunciation 
guidelines, apart from those of the PNG image format and Robin Milner's 
pi-calculus. It does, however, lead to discussions (hairier than this 
one), so it might be really useful after all.


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