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Re: OT: Gruess (was Comma gets a cure -- in German?)

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Sunday, July 20, 2008, 11:52
J. 'Mach' Wust skrev:
> On Sat, 19 Jul 2008 15:39:19 +0200, Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...> wrote: > >> BTW, do you happen to know if it is Standard German which >> has monophthongized _üe_ or Allemannic which has >> diphthongized _üü_ in this particular word? IIANM both >> things have occurred. > > This is an instance of modern High German monophthongization. This is > essentially an innovation of (geographically) Middle German varieties, > though it goes back to the Middle Ages.
I know about modern High German monophthongization, but aren't there instances of Allemannic diphthongization too. BTW too bad _uo_ didn't stick as a spelling for /u:/ the same way _ie_ did for /i:/ -- probably because _uo_ was written as an _u_ with a ring above rather than as two letters in linear sequence. Also _o_ with a small _v_ above occurred! /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ "C'est en vain que nos Josués littéraires crient à la langue de s'arrêter; les langues ni le soleil ne s'arrêtent plus. Le jour où elles se *fixent*, c'est qu'elles meurent." (Victor Hugo)