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On Sun, 10 Oct 2004 11:02:53 +0200, Andreas Johansson <[log in to unmask]> wrote:

>Quoting "Pascal A. Kramm" <[log in to unmask]>:
>
>> On Sat, 9 Oct 2004 12:28:51 -0400, J. 'Mach' Wust <[log in to unmask]>
>> wrote:
>> >He doesn't have to use the |▀|, irrespective of old or new spelling,
>> >since he's one of the four million living proofs that you can perfectly
>> >write and read German without any |▀|: He's Swiss.
>>
>> So they don't use any ▀ at all? How odd... O_o
>
>The non-German part of the world is tempted to say "how sensible". :p

:)

>Actually, I too find the new rules easier. On top of which they allow for
>more consistent treatment of vocalic length and don't involve the most
>annoying concept of orthographic syllables.
>
>(Unless you're telling us you've got a geminate in _Messer_ ...)

That wouldn't be much of a surprise: This feature is found in Swiss standard
German, and Pascal's German seems to share other features with Swiss
standard German, as e.g. the distinction between short |ń| and |e|.

However, Swiss standard German geminates the |ss|, that is, has a long /s:/
as well in |Messer| as in |heissen| (or |hei▀en|). So this doesn't make any
distinction.

kry@s:
j. 'mach' wust