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ERIC Number: ED411666
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1995-May
Pages: 4
Abstractor: N/A
Miniriforma dell'ortografia tedesca (Mini-Reform of German Spelling).
Pavanini, Pietro
Scuola E Lingue Moderne, v33 n5 p12-13 May 1995
This article reports that, after years of debate, representatives of German-speaking countries meeting in Vienna reached an agreement on measures to reform the spelling of the German language. Many linguists were disappointed that it was not decided to change the most unique characteristic of German spelling--the capitalization of German nouns. Most of the changes involve the "germanization" of foreign words that have become a part of the German language. Many teachers are critical of germanization, believing it runs contrary to the principle of multilingualism and hinders efforts to bring different cultures and peoples together. Although the agreements must first be ratified by the governments of the individual countries, it is expected that the new rules will be in place by the year 2001. They will be introduced gradually and in an intermediate period both old and new rules will be in effect. A chart is provided at the end of the paper that gives several examples of changes in the following categories: spelling of foreign words; the spelling of German words; and the division of syllables, capitalization, and punctuation. (CFM)
Via Veneto 84 I-86100 Campobasso (Italy)
Publication Type: Information Analyses; Journal Articles
Education Level: N/A
Audience: N/A
Language: Italian
Sponsor: N/A
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