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Re: Schwytzerd

From:Christian Thalmann <cinga@...>
Date:Wednesday, February 12, 2003, 8:37
--- In, Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@O...> wrote:
 > On Tue, 11 Feb 2003 13:52:26 +0000
 > Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@Y...> wrote:
 > > I don't know. The Swiss should probably be blamed themselves for
always having
 > > used High German as their written language. Perhaps it can change,
though. In
 > Hmm.. is that still the case? I know I've seen things like "isch" for
 > on postcards to/from Switzerland (I work in a post office). Is that odd?

Yes, written language is mostly High German.  Some people write
Swiss German in mails, SMS etc, but since there are no rules
for spelling and pretty much everyone speaks his own dialect,
it can get a bit messy.  Especially when the linguistically
challenged try to write phonetically by using the letter |ä| for
the schwa [@] (along with the phone(me?)s [a] and [{]) but then
use a phonetically unfitting High-German spelling in the next
word, e.g. |Fest| for [faSt].  Grrrr.

-- Christian Thalmann