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Re: Two questions about Esperanto

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, July 5, 2004, 18:10
En réponse à Doug Dee :

>1. Years ago (1980-ish), I read a book about Esperanto that did not use the >letter h^ (h-with-circumflex). It said that h^ was passing out of use in >Esperanto, largely being replaced by the letter (and sound) of "k". (It >was an >old book, perhaps 1950s-1960s vintage). More recently, looking at "Teach >Yourself Esperanto" and the like, I see that h^ is still in use (though it >seems to >be farily uncommon as letters go). So, was h^ ever in any danger of dropping >out of use? Was there any argument on the subject? Do any Esperantists use k >instead of h^ these days?
You find both kinds: the people who will avoid hx (I prefer the x-notation :) ) at any cost, replacing it with k unless it would confuse two existing words, and the ones that keep hx religiously. Given the Esperanto community is rather conservative when it comes to the language, the second kind of people make the standard :) . Christophe Grandsire. You need a straight mind to invent a twisted conlang.


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>