Talk:hyphenation

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word hyphenation[edit]

There are no annotations about hyphenation of the words. It would be nice to have a page (and/or, if it exists, a link to that page) on this subject. — MFH 18:40, 15 January 2013 (UTC)

While a search for "hypenation" always "warped" me to this page without having the coice of selecting the namespace or another page having this word in it, I managed in the meanwhile, to find some relevant pages using this: http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Special:Search?search=hyphenation (not easy to find / get there, if you don't know where to look!). One relevant page is Wiktionary:Hyphenation, although there's not much info. Seems as if this should be put by hand in each entry, but it is often missing, in particular for hyphenation (easy) and for characteristics (not so easy!). — MFH 18:50, 15 January 2013 (UTC)
That would be a nice addition to Wiktionary, but hyphenation is very problematic. British and Americans hyphenate very differently. The British hyphenate according to word roots, prefixes, suffixes, phonemes, etc. Americans hyphenate according to pronunciation. So the British hyphenate knowledge = know-ledge. Americans hyphenate it knowl-edge (because "know" would have a long ‘o’, while ‘knowl’ has a short ‘o’). There are no simple (or even complex) rules that allow one to predict English hyphenation accurately...it must be learned for each word separately. Adding hyphenation information for British and American English would be a huge job, but very useful. Would you like to give it a try? All we need is dedicated volunteers. Start now! —Stephen (Talk) 18:53, 15 January 2013 (UTC)