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    Posted: 30 Jan 2018 at 7:07pm
There's a language barrier in my story, I've decided, and I need to know how to indicate it via text. It's too long for just italics, or to append, "...he said in (language)."

I've seen some uses of <<italic dialogue>> to denote foreign speech, but I can't remember where, and Google isn't being helpful. There's long lists of how do format foreign dialogue for screenplays, but I'm coming up zilch for the written word.

Is there a hard-and-fast rule for this?
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All foreign languages are always in italics.
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I had to google for my story and italics is what I came up with as well. Here is one resource I found

https://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/1016/03/
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I'm piggybacking this thread, have a similar question-
Can we bold text, or only italicize?
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You can do whatever you want, in the end. Bolding text just isn't a common practice in writing fiction. There are times where text is bolded, but that's usually like say a sign or something someone is looking at. I know Stephen King often does that...he'll have his character look at say an ad, and he'll write what the ad says in bold, but this is also usually done in Small Caps, either center formatted in it's own little space, or embedded in the text, if memory serves me correctly.


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