Re: Exemplar Characters

From: Otto Stolz (
Date: Thu Nov 17 2005 - 06:48:14 CST

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    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 b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p qu r s t u v w x y z
    > A B C D E F G H I J K L M N O P Qu R S T U V W X Y Z
    > ( . , : ; ! ? )
    (plus, sometimes, the common di- and trigraphs, such as
    > au u ei eu ie ch ck sch tz
    I have a copy at home, but not here in the office.
    Ill 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

    Best wishes,
       Otto Stolz

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