Portuguese orthographic accord now in effect in the government of Portugal

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

The Portuguese orthographic accord is now in effect in Portugal:

The new Orthographic Accord of the Portuguese Language begins today to be applied in state documents, taking effect in all services, bodies and entities of the government, as well as in the Diário da República.

The decision was taken in the Council of Ministers in 25 January 2011, and takes effect from today. The accord was signed in Lisbon in 1990, began to be applied in 2009, and has a period of adoption until 2015, during which the two spellings will be accepted.

This Wikipedia page shows some of the examples of the changes taking place. According to it about 0.5% of the spellings in Brazilian Portuguese will be changed, such as:


BeforeAfter
lingüiçalinguiça
pingüimpinguim
freqüênciafrequência
qüinqüênioquinquênio
assembléiaassembleia
idéiaideia
européiaeuropeia
abençôoabençoo
baiúcabaiuca
enjôoenjoo
vôovoo


In other countries about 1.6% of the orthography is changed, mostly with double and unpronounced consonants.


BeforeAfter
acçãoação
actoato
actor/actrizator/atriz
adoptaradotar
afectoafeto
direcçãodireção
intercepçãointerceção
objectivoobjetivo
óptimoótimo
recepçãoreceção
seleccionarselecionar
EgiptoEgito
há-dehá de
hão-dehão de


And then there are some changes that take place in all Portuguese-speaking countries:


BeforeAfter
contra-regracontrarregra
extra-escolarextraescolar
anti-semitaantissemita
anti-religiosoantirreligioso
fim-de-semanafim de semana
co-ordenar (dif. coordenar)coordenar
lêemleem
dêemdeem
vêemveem
párapara (verbo parar)
pêlopelo (de pilosidade)
pólopolo
jóiajoia


and:


BeforeAfter
microondasmicro-ondas
arquiinimigoarqui-inimigo

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