Re: Umlaut and diaeresis

From: Keld J|rn Simonsen (
Date: Tue Jun 22 1999 - 07:04:06 EDT

On Tue, Jun 22, 1999 at 03:27:00AM -0700, Karl Pentzlin wrote:
> I imagine that a Danish is confronted with an equivalent problem when he
> he has to treat å (a with ring above) like aa when it is in a name of its
> own language, but not when it is in a name of a completely different
> language.

Well, the aa is sorted as an å also in foreign words and names
according to official Danish sorting rules as prescribed by the
"Retskrivningsordbogen" approved by Danish parliament, when
the "aa" denotes one sound, such as in the german city Aachen or
the Dutch word kraal. If the two a's denothes two sounds, they
should be sorted as two a's. For examle the word ekstraabonnement
(extra subscribtion) - a number of combined words go like this,
and it is recommended that a soft hyphen SHY then is introduced
between the two a's.

Keld Jørn Simonsen,
DKUUG, Fruebjergvej 3, DK-2100 København Ø, Danmark

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