what is the longest German word?

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what is the longest German word?

Postby mercalia » 25 Dec 2018, 10:20am

I came across this monster

Fachkräftezuwanderungsgesetz
(skilled labour immigration law)

how on earth do they ever learn to spell such?

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby reohn2 » 25 Dec 2018, 10:24am

Haven't you been to Wales? :?
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby brynpoeth » 25 Dec 2018, 10:27am

The longest train station name: Luebeck-Travemuende Skandinavienkai

One may devise ones own words, I do :wink:
Spelling is not so hard, takes a few years to learn mind, and a committee of experts changes the rules occasionally :wink:

The long words are just made of many short words joined together, simples

German allows triple letters too: *Schifffahrt* for example
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby brynpoeth » 25 Dec 2018, 10:32am

Fachkraeftezuwanderungsgesetzberatungsgremienzeitplan

Advisory committee timetable for skilled labour immigration law
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby Syd » 25 Dec 2018, 7:52pm

Donaudampfschifffahrtselektrizitätenhauptbetriebswerkbauunterbeamtengesellschaft

Association for Subordinate Officials of the Head Office Management of the Danube Steamboat Electrical Services

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby Spinners » 25 Dec 2018, 7:58pm

Superkalifragilistischexpiallegetisch.
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby brynpoeth » 25 Dec 2018, 8:06pm

reohn2 wrote:Haven't you been to Wales? :?

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychyweryndrobwlllllantisoliogogogoch
Or Llanfair PG :wink:
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby Mike Sales » 25 Dec 2018, 8:30pm

brynpoeth wrote:
reohn2 wrote:Haven't you been to Wales? :?

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychyweryndrobwlllllantisoliogogogoch
Or Llanfair PG :wink:

Surely that should be Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch ?

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby 661-Pete » 25 Dec 2018, 8:32pm

Wiki offers the following monster in Polish:
Dziewięćsetdziewięćdziesiątdziewięćmiliardówdziewięćsetdziewięćdziesiątdziewięćmilionówdziewięćsetdziewięćdziesiątdziewięćtysięcydziewięćsetdziewięćdziesięciodziewięcioletniego
meaning "of 999,999,999,999 years old".
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby 661-Pete » 25 Dec 2018, 8:34pm

Mike Sales wrote:
brynpoeth wrote:
reohn2 wrote:Haven't you been to Wales? :?

Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychyweryndrobwlllllantisoliogogogoch
Or Llanfair PG :wink:

Surely that should be Llanfairpwllgwyngyllgogerychwrndrobwllllantysiliogogogoch ?

Both wrong. I have it as Llanfair­pwllgwyngyll­gogery­chwyrn­drobwll­llan­tysilio­gogo­goch.
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby Mike_Ayling » 25 Dec 2018, 9:06pm

brynpoeth wrote:The long words are just made of many short words joined together, simples



Exactly.

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 25 Dec 2018, 9:29pm

Some human languages are agglutinating!

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Agglutinative_language

German shows some features but is not fully agglutinating.

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Finnish is agglutinating.

Flagrantly copied and pasted:-

(The longest known word in Finnish (and possibly in the whole world) is 103 letters long:

Kumarreksituteskenteleentuvaisehkollaismaisekkuudellisenneskenteluttelemattomammuuksissaansakaankopahan

As its creator, professor Artturi Kannisto, has died, nobody has been able to actually interpret its meaning -- or even tell how many morphemes there are in it. However, it is definitely a real word.)
https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Talk:Ag ... e_language

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby drossall » 26 Dec 2018, 3:36pm

I hadn't come across the term agglutinative, but German has a high tendency to create compound words, of which Syd and brynpoeth have given examples. By contrast, English is traditionally reluctant to do so, although it has done so much more easily over the last couple of decades.

I've always assumed that this made a discussion of longest words in German less meaningful than one in English, because German can always join a couple more words into a longer compound. Compounds are usually excluded from longest words in English. Although antidisestablishmentarianism (which isn't the longest anyway) is often considered, it's more than a compound because it signifies specific opposition to disestablishmentarianism.

The difference being that real compound words don't have any independent existence and can't be found in dictionaries. You just have a set of rules under which you're allowed to join shorter words together when the combination of them expresses what you want to say. So, you can't define a longest word, because it's simply constructed at need.

That's my 2p anyway :D

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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby brynpoeth » 26 Dec 2018, 3:43pm

Another queer thing about German is that the verb often comes at the end of a sentence, usually one can guess it, mind

Mrs Thatcher was at a conference where Helmut Kohl was speaking. 'The Pear' droned one for a while, the translator was silent
-'What's he saying!?' demanded the Iron Lady
-'Patience Madam, I am waiting for the verb! '

Welsh is the other way, often the verb is the first word in a sentence, or there is no verb :wink:
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Re: what is the longest German word?

Postby PDQ Mobile » 26 Dec 2018, 5:41pm

brynpoeth wrote:
Welsh is the other way, often the verb is the first word in a sentence, or there is no verb :wink:


It is my understanding that without a verb it is never a full sentence!