From: Otto Stolz (Otto.Stolz@uni-konstanz.de)
Date: Thu Jan 08 2004 - 07:08:52 EST
Hello, and best wishes for the new year.
Gerd Schumacher wrote:
> The long s [...] has been abandoned from the Roman alphabet in Germany
> in the mid of the 19th century.
You mean the 20th century, don't you?
I have a facsimile reprint of the 1914 issue of "Zupfgeigenhansel"
(a renowned song-book), which is set in Roman type ("Antiqua", in
German) and uses the long-S consistently, according to German
If I am not mistaken, both Roman type ("Antiqua") and Gothic type
("Fraktur") were used concurrently up to 1941 when Gothic type was
banned by the government; likewise, Latin and German handwriting
were used concurrently. (In the 1930s, the very same government
had pushed the usage of Gothic type.)
> Usually there is no ß on Swiss typewriters, because in Swiss pronounciation
> there are many syllable-boundaries between the two s-parts of the common
> German ß.
There is no syllable-boundary within the "ß", as it signifes a single
sound. I can think of no example where the Swiss pronounciation is
different, in this respect.
In compounds, two "s" characters from different constituents may
happen to stand side by side, as in "aussprechen" (from "aus-
sprechen"), but these are never ever replaced with an "ß" letter.
The rationale for the Swiss keyboard design is that the accented
characters (for French and Italian) were less dispensable than the
"ß" (only used in German, and easily replaced with the "ss" Digraph).
Again, best wishes,
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