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Re: If you call me crazy again...

From:Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>
Date:Wednesday, July 25, 2001, 19:22
Roger Mills wrote:
> >John Cowan wrote: > > >Dan Jones scripsit: > > > >> The original Latin name was /ha:/, IIRC. When initial /h/ became >silent, > > > >What I would like to know is how the people who first wrote Germanic >languages > >*more romanico* (as opposed to the Greek-based Gothic script) learned to > >apply the letter H to their /h/, since Latin had long since lost that >equation. > > >Just speculating: (1) perhaps Church Latin maintained the pronunciation? >or >(2) Pronunciation of H must have survived _as something_ into the time when >other European languages (including English) first began to be written. >English or anglicized Irish monks, who would have been familiar with its >use?
Just a thought: The Romans were in contact with Germanic peoples very early - already in Marius' time. Until the loss of [h] in Latin, they surely used {h} for [h] when writing Germanic words and names. After the Latin loss of [h], Germanic speakers may still have known how the words were supposed to sound (when not pronounced by those ineducateable southerners! ;-) ), and thus realized/remembered {h}=[h], which they'd then use for writing their own contemporary Germanic. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Get your FREE download of MSN Explorer at