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The RAE categorically excluded “ch” and “ll” from the alphabet.

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The Royal Spanish Academy (RAE) informed thereby web page It decided to do away with the letter L categoricallySigns ch and ll. The company points out that these signs are actually not letters, but binomials.

The company recalled Maps A set of two letters or graphemes representing a single phoneme. The RAE points out that the Spanish alphabet is reduced to the following 27 letters: a, b, c, d, e, f, g, h, i, j, k, l, m, n, ñ, o, p , q, r, s, t , u, v, w, x, y, z.

“Spanish is thereby assimilated to the rest Alphabetical languages, In which only simple signs are considered as letters of the alphabet. However, they all have combinations of graphemes to represent some of their phonemes.

The company warned that it would delete Digraphs ch Y ll This does not mean that the inventory of letters will by any means disappear from the Spanish graphic system. In fact, these are dual signs will continue to be used Until now in the writing of Spanish words.

In case of digraph chUsed on behalf of phoneme /ch/ (boy [chíko]) and in the digraph ll On behalf of phoneme /LL/ Or, for Yeísta speakers, the phoneme /y/ (str [kálle, káye]) innovation is that they are no longer counted in letters of the alphabet.

“The decision to adopt the universal Latin alphabet was made in X Congress of the Association of Academies of the Spanish language, held in 1994. It was used in all academic work”, the RAE concluded.

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