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Your question is very interesting, but quite complex too. First, it is interesting to notice that accents, in French, didn't exist until the end of the 16th century. The reason why they have been invented is probably partly to lighten the work of typographs, since printing has been invented towards the end of the 15th century, and partly to change the ...


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D'un point de vue de puriste, æ et œ représentent un seul son, ae et oe deux. On prononce vité, donc la première orthographe s'impose. De même "cœur" n'est pas prononcé "co-eur". L'usage tend cependant à simplifier cela, sauf dans les langues scandinaves, en particulier en français et en anglais, surtout depuis l'ère de la dactylographie puis des claviers ...


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The normative usage in French is that “Œ” and “OE” are distinct spellings. The ligature is treated like a diacritic (i.e. like an accent or a cedilla): it is sometimes omitted when there are technical difficulties (French keyboards don't have an Œ key), but this is considered an approximation of the real spelling, not a correct spelling. Spelling *oeil ...


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You do find "oe" regularly in the TLFi (œil,bœuf), albeit the TLFi should be one among the foremost sources from which we are in right to expect a scrupulous upholding of the traditional norms. In spite of this stunning choice of spelling in the TLFi, the ligature is fairly well preserved by all sources that have some authority in the domain of ...


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You are referring to the diacritics (commonly called accents) and ligatures in French. The accent aigu (soufflé), accent grave (très bien), circonflexe (fête), cédille (ça va) and tréma (Noël) are diacritics, used to change the way the letters they are used on are pronounced. œ (chef-d'œuvre) and æ (used for Latin or Greek words) are ligatures. The "why" ...


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Je pense qu'il faut préciser de quelle type d'écriture on parle. Il est probable que l'usage de la ligature s'est raréfié avec l'écriture au clavier. Autant faire une ligature quand on écrit au stylo peut être spontané, autant la faire au clavier est beaucoup moins spontané, impossible au clavier de machine à écrire mécanique (français du moins) et difficile ...


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According to Google Ngram, there was a time, 1709 to be precise, when the two spellings œil and oeil were almost equally used, at least in print (who knows why?). The results are, of course, subject to the availability of the linguistic corpus. There was another, less dramatic convergence in 1994. Now, of course, œil is almost always used. The sudden ...


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