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On 14 Apr 02, at 22:47, Nik Taylor wrote:

> Aidan Grey wrote:
> > I think the romanization of japanese with geminate letters
> > (chotto, for example) is a good example, since the native script actually
> > uses a small 'tsu'.
>
> On the other hand, some people *do* use - or ~ to represent the
> long-vowel mark in Japanese, writing things like konpyu-ta or de-to.

Probably influenced by the common (in my experience) binding of "-" to
the katakana long-vowel mark in many IMEs (input method editors?), and
the similarity in appearance.

Cheers,
Philip
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