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German Spelling Reform

From:nicole perrin <nicole.perrin@...>
Date:Sunday, August 8, 1999, 14:18
I seem to remember someone asking what the German spelling reform would
be like, and last night in the bookshop I happened to flip through a
German grammar that listed the changes in the back.  It said the changes
would be effective August 1, 1998 with a seven year grace period in
which both spellings would be permissible.  I don't remember ALL the
changes, but here are a few.
In consonant clusters resulting from compounding where 3 identical
consonants in a row were formerly shortened to 2, all three will be
        still + legen =3D stilllegen

All nouns will be capitalized (I'm really not familiar enough with
German yet to understand this:  German nouns *are* capitalized, but I
guess maybe there are exceptions (?))

The =DF (sibilant, I believe it's called), which is used after long vowel=
or diphthongs, will be replaced by ss when in word-final position:
        da=DF > dass

Verbs with nouns as prefixes will be split into two words and have the
noun capitalized:
        radfahren > Rad fahren
        autofahren > Auto fahren

The letters <ph>, <th>, (and two other consonants clusters ending in h
that I've forgotten, one of which I *think* is <gh>) will be changed to
<f> and <t> respectively (and the other two will be changed to just the
first consonant, like <g>), but this change will be optional, meaning
that both spellings will always be accepted, so:
        Orthographie > Ortografie OR Orthographie

Sorry, but that's all the changes I could remember, and I didn't buy the
book so this is the best I can do.