Consensus Call on Latin Sharp S and Greek Final Sigma

Michael Everson everson at
Mon Nov 30 12:25:52 CET 2009

On 30 Nov 2009, at 10:31, Martin J. Dürst wrote:

> On 2009/11/30 17:57, Alexander Mayrhofer wrote:
>> Besides that, use of Latin Small Letter Sharp S has been  
>> significantly
>> reduced by changes to German grammar in 1996/2004/2006,
> Yes. It has been reduced to those cases where it marks a distinct
> pronunciation in opposition to "ss" (in both cases, the s is sharp
> (non-voiced), but for "ss", the previous vowel is short, whereas for  
> sz,
> it is long). I don't see why this kind of reduction would provide any
> argument on the issue at hand.

German grammar is one thing. The use of the character in personal  
names is another.

Michael Everson *

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