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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

The diacritic letters are part of the unchangeable norm (Fundamento de Esperanto). They will not go away whatever people may think. Based on the experience of the past 130 years, the chances of a ...
Cyril Robert Brosch's user avatar
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Why do Esperantists use more "x" instead of "h", which is in the Esperanto alphabet?

Two arguments I have encountered for preferring "x" to "h": Because it is not an existing letter in the Esperanto alphabet, automated conversion is possible, e.g. sx could be ...
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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

Step 1: Write out the reform in great detail. Produce a body of work in the reform to make it immediately useful. Step 2: Fall in love with a rich woman (or man) with a dowry. Step 3: Use the dowry ...
Tomaso Alexander's user avatar
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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

In my (personal) opinion, based on practical needs and on the Fundamento itself (the antaŭparolo), you would need to make sure you are only adding to the language, not removing anything and changing ...
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Double letters in Esperanto

These words don’t break the rule because they really are supposed to be pronounced differently by lingering on the consonant a little longer. Usually the double consonants come about because of two ...
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Double letters in Esperanto

Pollando is only a double letter due to a morpheme boundary: /pol-land-o/ ("Land of the Poles"). So one should probably pronounce the two /l/s as separate letters. According to my (1977) copy of JC ...
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Which letter would be hardest to avoid in an Esperanto lipogram?

I'm going to go with O because without it you can't use future tense, plural nouns, or accusative nouns. Tamen verki kelkajn frazojn kun manko de la litero "S" (krom tie ĉi) ne montru tiel grandan ...
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Which letter would be hardest to avoid in an Esperanto lipogram?

I guess it would have to be s, as it it used in any verb ending apart from the infinitive and the imperative. But o is also hard to avoid if you want to use any nominals.
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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

There is absolutely no chance of this happening. The history of Esperanto from Day #1 after its publication has shown that people immediately "want to make it better", but only in the idiosyncratic ...
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Did Zamenhof recommend this usage of apostrophe in the H-System?

This answer isn't going to fully clear this up (at least, not yet), but maybe it can help trace where that claim could have come from. (And maybe be a first stepping stone for a full answer, proving ...
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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

But most search engines, including the browser search, does not distinguish between 's' and 'ŝ', so it IS a nuisance somewhat. Then the problem you are mentioning would be resolved with a better ...
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Why do Esperantists use more "x" instead of "h", which is in the Esperanto alphabet?

People tend to prefer the x-system exactly because it isn’t a letter in the Esperanto alphabet, so there is no risk of confusion. For example if you see the word flughaveno you might first ask ...
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Which letter would be hardest to avoid in an Esperanto lipogram?

Laŭ mi eviti "A" estas plej malfacile, ĉar ĝi estas bezonata en la oftega vorto "la", en la oftega verbfinaĵo "-as", en ĉiuj adjektivoj, en oftegaj afiksoj kiel "mal-", "-ar-" kaj "-an-", kaj en ...
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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

There is indeed either accented letters or letter combinations. Consider that most languages with latin script (like Vietnamese) do have accents - with a certain pride -, and the Cyrillic script and ...
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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

Reminds me of the five-year plan to improve English spelling to make it the official language of the EU, rather than German: In the first year, "s" will replace the soft "c". Sertainly, this will ...
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Why do Esperantists use more "x" instead of "h", which is in the Esperanto alphabet?

I personally prefer the more natural h (ch, sh) and such a notation was proposed as alternative for Esperanto letters. In the newer times the alternative with x was introduced with as argument: ...
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Hyphenation and syllable and morpheme boundaries

There are no obligatory rules nor is there an overwhelming tendency in practice for hyphenation in Esperanto. In a Lingva Respondo ("Linguistic Answer") from 1893*, Zamenhof stated that morphological ...
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Hyphenation and syllable and morpheme boundaries

I worked on that script on the English Wiktionary and it's not perfect. It's actually really hard to automatically syllabize words with a script. I would syllabize that word as "pa‧fi‧lo" and the ...
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What would be the roadmap to propose a spelling reform?

I understand your points. My opinion is that the letter ĥ should be kept as a phoneme but should be allowed, in the h-system, to be written kh, with the choice between pronouncing it as kh in ...
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Which letter would be hardest to avoid in an Esperanto lipogram?

There were some well based answers here. So let's try it. Edit this answer and add ellided letters. a - Ni evitis tiun homon pro nepovo redoni ties luon. i - Amanda estas damo loĝanta en la urbo de ...
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