The German Documents at BYU   


About Them:

The text “What is ‘Old German Script?'” is a tutorial that explains the handwriting styles and typefaces used in German-speaking countries during the 18th, 19th, and early 20th centuries. The tutorial notes that although these scripts are based on the Latin alphabet, many of the individual letters may appear unique to the untrained eye. Old German Script was widely used until the end of World War II, after which Latin forms became the accepted standard.

The tutorial explains that there were several different styles of Gothic handwriting and typefaces, including regional variants. Eventually, all the Gothic typefaces came to be called Fraktur. The materials and exercises in the tutorial cover both Gothic handwriting and typefaces, although more attention is given to handwriting since most German documents from the 18th and 19th centuries were originally handwritten.

The tutorial aims to help readers overcome the challenge of reading Old German Script by developing the ability to write it themselves. By the end of the tutorial, readers should be able to write words, sentences, and phrases in Gothic style and read words and passages in Fraktur. These skills will make it easier for them to read old German literature and documents.


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