long s

From: arno (arno@zedat.fu-berlin.de)
Date: Sun Oct 24 1999 - 17:30:34 EDT

Karl Pentzlin wrote:
> At the end of words, you can even find a long-s after the spelling
> reform of 1998 (if there is a sequence of two sīs). Itīs ugly but true.
> Refer to Duden, Die deutsche Rechtschreibung, 21nd edition, p. 71.

No, it is NOT true.
I consulted Duden 12. to 21. edition (1941 to 1996). The reform
did not change a thing. On p. 71 there is just one sequence of two
long s at the end of words: ich lass (I let) not laß (I read) --
it is not really at the end of a word, because after "lass" there
is a virtual "e" (lass ist a casual form of lasse). There is
(always was) two long s in the middle of words like essen, hassen,
Rasse, Missetat ...
The rules are quite easy. Whenever you have an hyphenation
algorithm, the long-s "problem" is solved.

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