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On May 20, 2009, at 3◊47 AM, René Uittenbogaard wrote:

> Just found this on Wikipedia:
>
>> In linguistics, the percent sign is prepended to an example string to
>> show that it is judged well-formed by some speakers and ill-formed by
>> others. This may be due to differences in dialect or even individual
>> idiolects. This is similar to the asterisk to mark ill-formed  
>> strings,
>> the question mark to mark strings where well-formedness is unclear,
>> and the number sign to mark strings that are syntactically well- 
>> formed
>> but semantically nonsensical.
>
> This looks interesting, but I can't say that I've ever seen % or #  
> being used,
> just ? and *. How widely know are these conventions?

I've seen all four.  I'd say they're fairly well-known, but don't
often come up (one sees them the most in syntax classes, papers
and discussions).

-David
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