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Strangeness of U (was Re: CHAT behove etc (was: Natlag: Middle English impersonal verbs))

From:Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>
Date:Saturday, March 11, 2006, 0:17
R A Brown wrote:
> Yes - it simply dates back to the time when U and V were the same > letter. If _u_ came before a vowel, then it was /v/, but if it came > before a consonant then it was a vowel (with one of the possible > pronunciations of |u|). > > When the two letters were differentiated, those final Es could'v been > dropped, but most people continued, and still continue, the write them. > It is just habit.
A similar phenomenon is the avoidance of initial {u} to represent /w/ in Spanish. For example, _huevo_ not *_uevo_, due to the fact that uevo would've been analyzed as /bebo/ (vevo) in the days when the two letters were variants, thus, the letter {h} was added. This kind of oddity seems, to me, to be rather uncommon in conscripts.


John Vertical <johnvertical@...>Strangeness of U (was Re: CHAT behove etc (was: Natlag: Middle English imper