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

From:Jeffrey Jones <jsjonesmiami@...>
Date:Saturday, March 11, 2006, 15:54
On Fri, 10 Mar 2006 18:19:52 -0600, Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>

>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. >=========================================================================
Good point. I guess it depends on the conhistory; an old conscript should have things like this, while a newly-devised or reformed one wouldn't. I still haven't decided how to handle this in Vallese (which is similar to Spanish and uses a roman orthography) -- use |hu| and later drop the |h|, keep the |h| or come up with something else, probably not |w|. Jeff