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The Rat für deutsche Rechtschreibung (German pronunciation: [ˈʁaːt fyːɐ̯ ˈdɔʏtʃə ˈʁɛçtˌʃʁaɪbʊŋ], "Council for German Orthography" or "Council for German Spelling"[1]), or RdR, is the main international body regulating German orthography. With its seat being in Mannheim, Germany, the RdR was formed in 2004 as a successor to the Zwischenstaatliche Kommission für deutsche Rechtschreibung ("Intergovernmental Commission for German Orthography") in order to include supporters as well as opponents of the German orthography
German orthography
reform of 1996 (and subsequent reforms).[1][2] Currently the RdR is composed of 41 members from those states and regions in the German Sprachraum:[3]

 Germany: 18 councillors  Austria: 9 councillors   Switzerland: 9 councillors   South Tyrol
South Tyrol
(Italy): 1 councillor German-speaking Community of Belgium: 1 councillor  Liechtenstein: 1 councillor  Luxembourg: 1 observer (no voting right)

Despite having German as one of its official languages, Luxembourg, which was not involved in devising the reform of 1996, is not a full member of the council. The government of Luxembourg
Luxembourg
unilaterally adopted the reform.[citation needed] According to the duchy's largest newspaper, the Luxemburger Wort, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
does not perceive itself as a "German-speaking country" (the only national language is Luxembourgish) and thus had no right to take part in the council.[4] However, Luxembourg
Luxembourg
participates in La Francophonie and has members in the Académie française, despite French being only a co-official language, just like German.[5] The chairman of the Gesellschaft für deutsche Sprache (GfdS) is a member of the council. In 2003, the RdR, the GfdS, the Goethe-Institut and the Institute of the German Language, founded the German Language Council (Deutscher Sprachrat), which was later also joined by the German Academic Exchange Service
German Academic Exchange Service
(DAAD). See also[edit]

Germany
Germany
portal Language portal

German orthography

References[edit]

^ a b Dittrich, Monika (July 2016). "German Spelling Reform - Nearly a Culture War". Goethe-Institut. Retrieved 4 February 2018.  ^ Official statute of the Council for German Orthography ^ "Die Mitglieder" (in German). Council for German Orthography. Retrieved 4 February 2018.  ^ Luxemburger Wort, 9 August 2004 ^ Carte interactive des Etats et gouvernements membres, Organisation internationale de la Francophonie

External links[edit]

Official website (in German) All press conferences of the Rat für deutsche Rechtschreibung as audio-files (in German)

Authority control

WorldCat Identities VIAF: 139390701 LCCN: nr2006027

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