[tex-live] Bug#446476: [texhax] Bug#446476: Bug#446476: natbib cannot handle utf8

David Kastrup dak at gnu.org
Mon Oct 15 21:46:55 CEST 2007

"Philip Taylor (Webmaster)" <P.Taylor at Rhul.Ac.Uk> writes:

> David Kastrup wrote:
>> Basically mechanical hyphenation rules IIRC: hyphenate before
>> consonants groups that could be at the front of a word.  So you get
>> O-ly-mpos or A-ga-me-mnon and He-ktor.
> Comments from two native Greek speakers and classical Greek scholars :
>> To this should be added that double consonants are divided when there is
>> not a Greek word starting with these consonants: e.g., en-tos (and not
>> e-ntos) for there is no word starting with nt in Greek. Otherwise double
>> consonants are not divided: e.g. a-gros (and not ag-ros) for there is a
>> Greek word beginning with gr (grafe = writing). Identical double
>> consonants (gg, mm, nn, tt, etc.) are always divided: g-g, m-m, n-n, tt,
>> etc.
>> In the case of Olympos, it should be divided: O-lym-pos.
>> These rules apply to classical Greek and on the whole to Modern Greek.
>> Julian Chrysostomides & Charalambos Dendrinos

Well, I checked with my classical Greek dictionary, and indeed there
are no words in there starting with "mp".  I was a bit surprised,
since "mp" nowadays signifies the "b" sound, and in modern Greek you
have "mparáki" for pub, for example.  So the rule appears that there
must not be a _classical_ Greek word starting with those consonants in
order to hyphenate within the group.

Live and learn.

David Kastrup, Kriemhildstr. 15, 44793 Bochum

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