By: Staff reports
Agreeing on Language Usage
Over 98% of 71,000 German newspaper readers want to end new rules on
using their written language, according to votes mailed in response to
an anti-reform group’s ads in German newspapers last month.
Reuters quoted German teacher Friedrich Denk, an initiator of the vote,
saying, ‘The new rules are more complicated than the old.’ To charges
that the vote may not have been representative, Denk pointed to a Forsa
Institute poll in which 68% of those surveyed were against the reform.
The Frankfurter Allgemeine fueled debate when it reverted to the
old rules last month. Introduced in German, Austrian, and Swiss schools
in 1998 and adopted by most newspapers last year, the reform simplifies
spellings and some rules of grammar.
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