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Re: German Spelling Reform (fwd)

From:John Cowan <cowan@...>
Date:Monday, August 9, 1999, 3:00
nicole perrin scripsit:

> I completely agree. I always thought compounds like that were useful
The point is that the old orthography had "radfahren" and "Auto fahren", and there was no accounting for which was a compound and which was not. The new rules are at least consistent.
> (and cool) and some of the other spellings changes seem silly -- like > three l's in stilllegen.
The point here was to make hyphenation consistent. The old rules had stillegen, but if the word needed to be hyphenated, it was written still-legen. With the new rules, the word always has the same letters whether hyphenated or not. Similarly with Ecke, which used to hyphenate as Ek-ke, but is now E-cke. -- John Cowan I am a member of a civilization. --David Brin