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Strangely enough, LaTeX automatically changes a normal sigma (σ) into a "varsigma" (ς) if no proper letter follows. Of course, in most cases that's perfectly fine. It's a bit annoying, though, when there's an apostrophe after the sigma because the sigma isn't supposed to change in this particular case.

For example: LaTeX changes my "ἀπολλυσ᾽ οὐχ" into "ἀπολλυς᾽ οὐχ" which I don't like. Has anybody an idea how to fix this?

Here's a minimal example:


\textgreek{φίλος μ᾽ἀπόλλυc᾽οὐχ ἑκοῦσαν οὐχ᾽ ἑκών.}
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Why are you using the final sigma instead of the medial σ? – egreg Dec 24 '12 at 10:09
I think the correct term is "final sigma" instead of "varsigma". – morbusg Dec 24 '12 at 10:11
Your input ἀπόλλυc has a Latin "c" at the end, which corresponds to a final sigma in the translitteration; if you simply use ἀπόλλυσ the output will be correct. – egreg Dec 24 '12 at 10:32
Thanks for your answers! @egreg : I usually use the final sigma at the end, the medial sigma in the middle; a for your last suggestion, I don't think that this solves the problem. You're right, my code contains a "c" which I stupidly left there by mistake ... I intended to write a "σ"; but even \textgreek{φίλος μ᾽ἀπόλλυσ᾽οὐχ ἑκοῦσαν οὐχ᾽ ἑκών.} does not produce the output I want. – Alex W. Dec 24 '12 at 10:40
I think egreg is right. The problem should not really be a problem, because both sigmas are two distinct unicode characters. In other words: what ever you type, you should get as a result. – ClintEastwood Dec 25 '12 at 15:18
up vote 4 down vote accepted

Just copying and pasting the code (after substituting c with σ) gives me what I think is the desired result:

% -*- coding: utf-8 -*-

\textgreek{φίλος μ᾽ἀπόλλυσ᾽οὐχ ἑκοῦσαν οὐχ᾽ ἑκών.}


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I get the following if I change the output encoding to utf8x and remove LGRx:

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I'm not sure whether using ΄ (U+1FBD) for the apostrophe is correct, but probably you know better.

You get the same result with LGRx and utf8 if you add the following:

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