From: Otto Stolz (Otto.Stolz@uni-konstanz.de)
Date: Thu Nov 17 2005 - 06:48:14 CST
Asmus Freytag schrieb:
> In Germany the letters with umlaut may not be taught as separate
> letters, ditto for the sharp-s. While practice may vary, most people
> on the street would agree to a sentence like "the alphabet has
> 26 letters", and would look funny at you if you came with 30.
Christopher JS Vance schrieb:
> When I learnt French as a second language the alphabet I was taught
> did not include any pre-accented characters. The only 'e' in the
> alphabet was unmarked for accents
The alphabets taught in primary school (and even chanted by children)
is not a list of the graphemes used to write those languages, but rather
the (1st level) collation sequence.
Of course, the students are taught all the letters of the respective
writing systems; however, the list of graphemes is not recited, but
rather presented on sample copy.
On German samples (for primary school), you typically find
> a ä b c d e f g h i j k l m n o ö p qu r s ß t u ü v w x y z
> A Ä B C D E F G H I J K L M N O Ö P Qu R S T U Ü V W X Y Z
> „ ( . , : ; ! ? ) “
(plus, sometimes, the common di- and trigraphs, such as
> au äu ei eu ie ch ck sch tz
I have a copy at home, but not here in the office.
I’ll try to remember to bring it here, tomorrow,
so I can post a scan.
So, these specimen copies for beginner courses would make for
a good starting-point for the Exemplar Characters of the
pertinent language. Of course, you would have to collect
several, as these have no official status, hence may marginally
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