[KS] backward apostrophes

CedarBough T. Saeji umyang at gmail.com
Thu Nov 5 20:27:23 EST 2015

I think this may be related to the changes in automatic formatting in
programs like Word. "Smart quotes" (curving inwards towards the quoted
item) and "Straight quotes" are now something that are determined by
defaults, so unless you tinker around, you're usually stuck with smart
quotes. The apostrophe appears to be a similar issue-- without setting up a
special key sequence, or using the "symbols" menu, I have only one
apostrophe available to me on my keyboard.

CedarBough Saeji

p.s. the problem can be solved by using RR instead of M-R.

On Fri, Nov 6, 2015 at 9:47 AM, S Hwang <skhwang3 at gmail.com> wrote:

> Dear all,
> I have been checking some Korean words in McCune-Reischauer system and
> find the use of backward apostrophes somewhat confusing.
> Based on my earlier training, words like ch'angjak (창작) and T'aeguk 태국
> should use backward apostrophes, while Han'guk (한국) and in'gan (인간) should
> use normal apostrophes. I verified these words in the Library of Congress
> Online Catalog by searching book titles and it showed a clear difference
> between backward and normal apostrophes. Most titles are, indeed,
> accurately recorded.
> But when I checked recently published works from various publishers, the
> use of apostrophes was inconsistent. Many texts did not distinguished the
> two (backward and normal) apostrophes and used normal apostrophes for both
> T'aeguk and Han'guk. Even LOC manual did not distinguish the two (see
> https://www.loc.gov/catdir/cpso/romanization/korean.pdf)--unlike their
> online catalog. Does it mean that it is okay to use normal apostrophes for
> both T'aeguk and Han'guk? Perhaps the mix-up was due to an error? or was
> there an official change in the McCune-Reischauer system?
> I would appreciate if someone could explain this. Thank you.
> Regards,
> Su-kyoung


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