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The orthoepy also Orthoepik , (of Alt Gr. Orthoépeia : from ὀρθός ORTHOS , ( ',' right ', + to) right epeĩn , say') is the orthography analog teaching or regulation of the normalized Standardlautung a default language , free of regional influences ( standard pronunciation ). The German word for this is orthography , a parallel formation to orthography for orthography, since at the end of the 19th century the “closer” jurisprudence was already established as German for jurisprudence. The half-prefix right indicates (for both terms) that the language is not a descriptive, but a prescriptive one.

German language

For the orthophy of the German language , the textbook on stage pronunciation German pronunciation by the North German Theodor Siebs has been authoritative since the end of the 19th century . This prescribed a " High German sound level with mainly Low German sound values". However, “the Siebs” never had such a large influence in orthoepy as “the Duden ” in German orthography.

Today's orthoepie of German is no longer based on the stage pronunciation, but mainly on the pronunciation of news anchors, although there are regional peculiarities in Germany ( Teutonism ), Austria ( Austriazism ) and German-speaking Switzerland ( Helvetism ).


  • Theodor Siebs : German stage debate. Results of the deliberations on the compensatory regulation of the German stage debate that took place from April 14th to 16th, 1898 in the Apollo Hall of the Royal Theater in Berlin. Berlin u. a. 1898. - Last edition: Theodor Siebs: German pronunciation. Pure and moderate pronouncement with pronunciation dictionary / sieves. Edited by Helmut de Boor et al., 19th, revised edition. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin 1969 (reprint: VMA-Verlag, Wiesbaden 2000, ISBN 3-928127-66-7 ). * Duden. The pronunciation dictionary. Edited by Max Mangold. Mannheim u. a. 6 2005, ISBN 3-411-04066-1 .
  • Eva-Maria Krech , Eberhard Stock , Ursula Hirschfeld , Lutz Christian Anders: German pronunciation dictionary. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin / New York 2010, ISBN 978-3-11-018203-3 .

Web links

Wiktionary: Orthoepie  - explanations of meanings, word origins, synonyms, translations

Individual evidence

  1. https://de.pons.com/%C3%BCetzung/deutsche-rechtschreibung/Orthoepie
  2. http://www.wissen.de/fremdwort/orthoepie
  3. http://universal_lexikon.deacademic.com/301173/Siebs