2009/5/20 René Uittenbogaard <[log in to unmask]>: > 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? Widely enough that Trask covers them in his _Dictionary_of_Grammatical_Terms_in_Linguistics_.