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Re: USAGE: How to tell syllables apart (was: Announcement: New auxlang "Choton")

From:J. 'Mach' Wust <j_mach_wust@...>
Date:Sunday, October 10, 2004, 14:19
On Sun, 10 Oct 2004 09:52:48 -0400, Pascal A. Kramm <pkramm@...> wrote:

>On Sun, 10 Oct 2004 00:21:59 -0000, caeruleancentaur ><caeruleancentaur@...> wrote: > >>Did I miss something? It seems I read in recent messages: >>1) "ss" if in different syllables, "ß" if in the same syllable. >>2) How do you tell if there are two different syllables? >>3) If it's "ss," then there are two different syllables, if "ß," then >>they are in the same syllable. >>???????????? > >Well, 3) is obviously nonsense, so I'll tell you how I learned in >elementary school how to tell syllables apart: >1) If it's at the end of a word (or at the end of a compound), then it's >just one syllable and thus always "ß". >2) In the middle of a word, you look at the word's origin. E.g.: >- Is "heißen" (to be named) derived from "heiß" (hot)? No, it is not, so >the syllables are "hei-ßen" (and NOT "heis-sen"), and thus you use a "ß". >- "messen" is derived from "Maß" (or the compound "Meß-"), and thus the >syllables are "mes-sen" (and NOT "me-ßen").
No. According to that reasoning, words that are derived from |heiß| would be spelled with |ss|, e.g. |*heisser| (hotter). However, it's |heißer|, both in old and in new spelling (except in Switzerland). Have a look at a recent post of mine if you want to learn the rules of the old spelling: gry@s: j. 'mach' wust