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From: Allan Grapard <email@example.com> > I wish to express my total support for Iyanaga Nobumi's and others' > views on the matter. It is absolutely ridiculous and counter- > productive to do away with diacritics in scholarly publications. I > am currently reading an enormous Japanese book on rituals: the > minutiae are excruciatingly complex and fascinating: a single graph > can be read in many more ways than most dictionaries recognize, and > combinations of graphs have, in the field in which I work, > completely unexpected pronunciations: were I to publish a work on > these matters without diacritics, even my best colleagues would not > know what I am writing about. Another example is that of Japanese > place names, which carry, to say the least, exotic pronunciations: > again, without diacritics, nobody could figure what place I am > talking about. In the minority, I still think that if you are *not* going to put the word in italics it doesn't need diacritics. Believe me, I am one who truly loves academic clutter, diacritics, two-page footnotes (not endnotes), and more. Still, I really don't need diacritics for nirvana or pratityasamutpada to understand the meaning. Much worse, in my opinion, are things like shravaka or bhikshuni. My real peeve is leaving Chinese characters out of the text (try reading Como's work on Shōtoku, for example, or anything else dealing with early Japanese history) or even putting them in a glossary. All of the cases Allan is talking about above are surely not to be found in English dictionaries and would therefore be italicized with diacritics, or, as in the case of Søren Kierkegaard that he mentions, the words are proper names/nouns and thus can (and usually do) retain their diacritics. Again, without the kanji, these place names and terms are really a problem, even with diacritics. BTW, the eminent source Wikipedia has an entry on this subject, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/English_words_with_diacritics. No real rules seem to apply, so fight with your publisher to do what you want. Or, even better, once you get tenure stop publishing on paper-- it is outdated in any case and academic publishers are a pain in the ass these days. . . it is already almost self-publishing (it has been a long time since I had a good editor or a publisher who would make an index for me, and camera-ready copy is also frequently demanded), so why not go all the way and just put it up on the web? I doubt many of us are in it for the royalties. . . sorry, tangential rant finished. Jamie