From: D. Starner (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Date: Thu Jan 08 2004 - 19:08:45 EST
Otto Stolz <Otto.Stolz@uni-konstanz.de> wrote:
> 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
> orthographic rules.
I believe it's an exception. I have a German mineralogical dictionary
from 1849 that is in Roman type and doesn't use the long-S. The mathematical
books from the late 1800s and early 1900s that I've looked at all consistenly
in Roman type without the long-S. The Library of Congress has a German
biography of the Wright brothers written in the 1909 that is in Roman type
and doesn't use the long-S.
I'm pretty sure the long-s was lost from Roman type in the usual case by
the late 1800s.
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