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From: "Otto Stolz" <>
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Date: Tue, 21 Jul 1998 04:00:53 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: German sharp-S (was: LC_CTYPE locale category and character sets)
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Am 1998-07-17 um 8:44 h hat Berthold Frommann geschrieben:
> As to "sharp s" vs. "ss" in the spelling reform: The new rule is ...
> ... "sharp s" after long vowels and diphtongs, (e.g. "Fu/sharp s/",=

> "hei/sharp s/")
> ... "ss (lowercase)" after short vowels (e.g. "Fluss)

It is a common myth that this rule be new; actually this is also the curr=
rule, which becomes apparent in the inflection forms "Fu=DFes" vs. "Fluss=
(genitive case), or "F=FC=DFe" vs. "Fl=FCsse" (plural number). New is onl=
y that
an additional rule (viz. final "ss" to be replaced with "=DF") has been d=

Incidentally, the "new" ss/=DF scheme was one (Heyse, 1829) of three sche=
in use before the current spelling rules were adopted, in 1901, cf.
<> (search for "Beispiel:

Best wishes,
   Otto Stolz

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