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So, I've told you I need an orthography source, but what do I want to know exactly? Below is the list.

  • Letter-sound and sound-letter correspondence: Basically, I want to know which sounds each letter has and when to use each letter to represent a sound. For example, for a letter-sound correspondence I can mention that 《l》 seems to be mute at times (such as in "selbst") but pronounced as [l] in others. For a sound-letter correspondence I can mention the letter pairs z/c and v/f, which can be realized with the same sound, [ts] and [f] respectively but are used instead of the other in very specific word positions or even types of words.

  • Diacritic usage: It refers to the quality each diacritic (comma, hifen, two dots...) have and when each should be used.

  • Other miscellaneous information about the orthography of the language, such as when to use capital and non-capital letters, the story of the german orthography encompassing its various standardizations up to the reform currently in use etc.

That's it! I've consulted wikipedia, a couple blogs and a number of English-written German grammars but the content in all were given only shallowly, thus not informing me as much as I'd like. The language of the source can be any from these: German, English, Italian, Portuguese. I don't know nothing of German at the moment but to just know the perfect source - even if it is written in german, would be a great thing in itself.

  • This is a question for German Language SE. – Janka Mar 4 at 19:01
  • @Janka The mere fact that a question may be on topic on another SE site does not make off topic here. – Christophe Strobbe Mar 4 at 19:19
  • In that case, please crosspost as there will be probably more answers if asked at the right place. – Janka Mar 4 at 20:27
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    FYI: The l in selbst isn't silent. Ask a German native speaker to pronounce the nonexisting word sebst and you will hear the difference. Even knowing all the consonants, random clusters will give you a headache and the only way to fight den Hemmschuh, die Feststellbremse, die Sumpfpflanze is to know a lot of vocabulary so you can identify syllables. – Janka Mar 4 at 21:16
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