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NonMusicalPaperColumn. The default is 1. A value of zero removes the extra space allowed; -1 removes the space completely. Positive numbers greater than 1 increase the spacing.
For joining syllables, LilyPond doesn’t use the hyphen of the text font but instead draws a simple line with variable length. Its standard vertical position doesn’t always fit the proportions of the text font. When using a font with a large x-height, it may be too low.
You can adjust the vertical positioning of the hyphens manually. To get a good result you may want to insert a “real” hyphen for comparision (the l-e in the snippet).