Error notation

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Error notation (/erə(r) nəʊteɪʃən/) is a type of linguistic notation used to notate errors.[1] The most common use is a leading asterisk to indicate an error, however other symbols are also used, though their usage is not universal.

Since EFL learners frequently produce errors, this is important.

List of notations

Symbol Symbol name Meaning Example
* asterisk Asserts that which follows was produced but is an error. *"Shane more shorter than Bernie."
? question mark Indicates that the author is unsure whether that which follows is erroneous ?"There are less people in the class than before."
! exclamation mark Indicates that the author considers that which follows to be non-standard language
% percentage sign Indicates the author considers that which follows is grammatical only in a non-standard dialect. %"If I wouldn't have gone running, I wouldn't have hurt myself."
# hash Indicates the author considers that which follows has semantic or pragmatic weirdness. #"Colorless green ideas sleep furiously."
& ampersand Indicates the author considers that which follows to be ambiguous

These can be combined, e.g. #*"Colorless green ideas sleeps furious."

When quoting, especially outside of linguistics, sic is often used.[2]

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