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la nouvelle orthographie

From:Don Blaheta <dpb@...>
Date:Thursday, September 30, 1999, 13:22
After the recent discussion about the German spelling reform, now I'm
kind of curious about the French spelling reform of a few years ago.
I've seen in various places now references to it, but it seems not to
have taken hold, at least not in any stunningly obvious way.
Particularly, I continue to see books published in the last few years
(dictionaries and conjugation books, no less!) that use double-consonant
conjugation for -eler and -eter verbs (e.g. "renouvelle" instead of the
new orthography's "renouv=E8le") and circumflexes everywhere (e.g.
"ma=EEtre" instead of the new "maitre", "ao=FBt" instead of "aout").  Has it
just completely failed to take hold?  Larousse concedes "=E9v=E9nement OU
=E9v=E8nement", but that's the best I can find.


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