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Style with Phonetic Symbols

Date Submitted: 01-May-2013
From: Lee Hartman
Subject: Style with Phonetic Symbols
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Notice: I'm looking for an authoritative source—preferably a style sheet,
preferably online—to back my contention that a phonetic symbol
should not begin a sentence. I don't find it in the LSA Style
Sheet. It's easy to find similar statements about numerals (spell
them out when sentence-initial, or move them away from initial
position). And the AIP Style Manual http://kmh-
lanl.hansonhub.com/AIP_Style_4thed.pdf (p. 15) tells physicists
it's better to begin a sentence with a word (rather than, e.g., 'c'
for the speed of light). But for phonetics...?