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Re: USAGE: French letter U WITH GRAVE

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Tuesday, October 20, 1998, 8:55
At 13:59 19/10/98 -0400, you wrote:
>According to the Alvestrand report,=20 > , >French orthography makes use of =F9 (U WITH GRAVE). >What is the purpose of this letter? >
It is only used to disambiguate the conjunction "ou" 'or' from the adverb "o=F9" 'where'. Just a writing habit that is losing its role (I know= no other word that uses =F9).
>--=20 >John Cowan > You tollerday donsk? N. You tolkatiff scowegian? Nn. > You spigotty anglease? Nnn. You phonio saxo? Nnnn. > Clear all so! 'Tis a Jute.... (Finnegans Wake 16.5) > >
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