The new order – from the computer

A centuries event: the spelling reform

Some are surprised which turmoil has caused the spelling reform. Actually, this reaction is not as surprising: she has little to do if the new version means a turn to better or not, and the arguments introduced, the questions of expression, logic, which affect learning, are now playing only a subordinate role. Because inadmissibility of this kind can be discovered in both versions; So let’s argue apart, but nothing of it is significantly enough to explain the dedicated sympathy.

The real reason for the fact that many otherwise peaceful contemporaries become vibrant lettersters, is certainly the terrorizing idea, the unpleasant learning process of orthography, to which each of the elementary school escapes reminded with misprints, to take a second time. Behind it, of course, is the fear of the subconscious fear, with a blow to be backed back into the situation of orthographic illiterates, which do not have to send out a letter to send themselves with their many mistakes not as an uneducated.

The spelling reform is therefore an insemination that meets us in the innermost, and when it comes to opposite interests, every strong arguments for that solution that appears gunstiger, and against the other. So it is no wonder that teachers and schoolers who have already set to the new version, now with benevolence to the simplifications and the slight learning achieved with it achieved. And that those who have spared this that has been spared so far with disgust about inconsisten and become the new spelling.

In doing so, it was quite reasonable to discuss the advantages and disadvantages of the benefits and disadvantages that are often bolded by appendages of both parties and also make themselves the bunch of nonsense samples, which, after all, bring a cheerful note into the confrontation. On this basis, a change had to be made working out, in which the worst cornerstone of the proposed new version were eliminated.

But this opportunity has fluctuated unused – the counterfeiting determined to make the new spelling already during the testing phase in the lessons. This creates facts where you needed freedom of action, and there are now financial considerations that give the rash for the decision for or against the reform – not exactly the best way to loose a culturally important question. And if it is indeed true that the financial consequences prevent returning to ancient spelling, then nothing else remains as if to jointed the fact. Who could come to the idea of asking about the possible consequences of the situation coming thereby.

Unity of spelling…

Most of those who focus on the topic, apparently ame that sometime a decision will fall in the near future, which may fit each of us or not, but ultimately the uniformity creates that the unspoken goal is to be a desirable goal appears.

With closer consideration, this expectation is on insecure legs. Because whoever believes that a regulation on the spelling gave someone to give up his usual spelling? The only solution that was approached close to the consuming orthographic uniformity can be found in a remark of the Fruheren Minister Friedhelm Farthmann, which suggests the possibility of being punishable to the state-prescribed spelling with a prison. Since such a maaking is unlikely, the willkur in orthography could become a long-lasting fact.

And so does not seem so unusual situation: It’s just those who want to create the order that cause chaos. There was not even difficulties with the motorway toll?

… or a little chaos?

But the orthographic consistency is really a dogma that is definitely to be adhered to? Fearably, lately several authors have proposed to renounce the uniformity shortfall: everyone may write as he wants. That is brave, because a state of orthographic willing seems to be unimaginable. There are fewer practical considerations that drove to this association, as the cultural frevel, who is the order-loving German on Stort. But it will not help us – we will have to accept for a certain time with billies.

But one must be equal to the total chaos?

Even with those who are in principle for freedom, some concerns in view of the presentation of a regular orthography. So the question is to clear whether this wishes could not work somewhere somewhere, so that you have to draw boundaries in consideration. You should start there where it goes about the practical use of the Scripture, and thus the purpose of fulfilling the language, even if it is encoded by script. Because apart from literary experiments, it is above all about expressing and reading meaning coincidence writing and reading.

Now our font has not been designed by scientists, but has developed historically, and that is the reason for some of the in the youngest time so often emphasized inadequities. So in the German as well as in other languages not only a possibility to represent a loud with letters, but several, and vice versa is also the implementation of a letter group in a loud often in different ways possible. And with that we return to the questioned question: What happens if the freedom of spelling is really comprehensive goods? At least one thing: Through the ambiguities, for many words not only one, but several possibilities of the spelling, and that was reading to a fairly maunched race game.

It is therefore therefore to be amed that gradually preferred spellings were imported and in this way new orthographic standards. A regulatory process, which was automatically exported from the practice, which could even lead to a satisfactory solution, but certainly has a lot of time to claim: a human age was not enough to escape the phase of arbitrariness.

The new order – from the computer

It is not necessary to further pursue the fiction of a freelance spelling, because so far, a decisive moment has remained properly adhered to many forms of communication: the technique that started with the printing machines and leading to the digital writing system. Innovations in this area were able to drove all logical effects from absurdum.

It is trusted that most of the authors of inconsistent opinions are shiny, as they have brought their articles under the inflation of irritation at an orthographically uniform form to be able to send them to the editors with a good conscience. The key is the spell monitoring program of the computer. Turns it on, tapped his text with gluck and can look at and can read on the screen immediately when you have got involved – with different suggest how to make it better.

Now not everyone does not always have a PC and a writing program, but it was allowed to apply to more than 95 percent of all people: that, to their professional activity the writing of texts belonging and that is certainly only right for journalists, advertising texts and Writer whose products will come to the public for 1000x and more multiply. So it wonders when a reader has a printed text to face a printed text that came about without the use of such a program.

In other words, even if the ture was opened to the arbitrariness of spelling, then one was normally remembered at the public, because the spelling programs are based on a stored lexicon that does not allow anoffkur. In this way, then new standards suppress, because one and the same write program, used by many types of writes, is, of course, unlucky with its predetermined rules as defined the programming team. In the best case, a studied German teacher works with. Desirable is, however, that the software companies agree to each other for a uniform spelling, otherwise the welcomed activity to a palette of proprietary write versions: Windows-German, Unix-German, Linux-German, etc., And that does not just lead to the ideal state.

In the next few years, the Schuler will probably be the only ones who need orthography to buffet, but it is hoping to make them a little easier. For the still unavoidable compulsion to waste his time with the memorizer of thousands of striker written words is frustrating and teaches no knowledge about our world, but only a sometimes bizarre ideas of spelling regards.

Of course, here is again with the objection that not every schoolman has a computer. Probably it will be like the calculator: If progress in computer technology goes as far as before, then the PC or successor will not be a value item anymore, but a cheap mass product. And then it appears appropriate to stop the new situation given by the computer. In this case, the consequences are freezer: one will reduce the over-line meaning of orthography and instead teach more about the use of the language.

In connection with this recommendation, it should be noted that a reasonably applied orthography is only one of the conditions for the conclusion of proper texts. There are other, for example the grammar. Now the computer is still in a development stage today that allows him to recognize orthographic mistakes without special difficulties and make proposals for the correct position; But he is so far only in a very crimped manner to recognize meaning-mindedness and to give dependent instructions.

Unfortunately, the spelling reform has also pulled around at the commas, and thus crossed the limits of orthography. Incorrectly set or missing commas can be the meaning, and then it is to be observed – we are currently not a spelling program. Of course, computer technicians think about whether one day does not often love love, and there is a hope. However, this requires the overcoming of a still imminent technical development stage, of which of the artificial intelligence, and this could be waiting for twenty or three years.

Speak instead of writing

The availability of PCs also creates a new situation for reforms of orthography. It not only allows the Muhelose conversion to the controversial new write version, but it was also able to facilitate the later transition to a new, completely renewed catch. Under the criterion of the practical label, the desirable value appears, and it should be done soon; Nevertheless, at least one should be patient until a reasonable set of rules is developed, which convinced all users.

If you charge the technical progress, but then further innovations are to be considered, which will be sustainable to deal with language. What is meant is the language input when working with computers, which is already used today for some technical tasks. But then it will soon be possible, much of what you tell the computers today by the touch of the touch or types of commands, with the help of his voice: one speaks to him, and he answers.

As a by-product of this development, dictation systems will arise, which implement the spoken word in orthographically correct text, which means that the user no longer has to deal with the spelling. He has to understand very well, to print out in a linguistically correct and lack of mind, and that is exactly the focus of the German lesson.

There are good conditions for such systems to be available in ten to twenty years, and that means a at least equal conversion in the use of language such as the transition from the handwriting to the typewriter, which made the manual shielding overflow. A period of twenty years may be for some in a distant future, which he does not need to go to codes today, but is supposed to be supposed to be the schoolers who work today, in this time and make use of learned knowledge will.

Of course it should be wondering if you will serve at all the German language. But this is another story.

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