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Re: Which is simpler: /y/ or /iw/?

From:Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 4, 2008, 16:18
On Wed, Jun 4, 2008 at 11:53 AM, Andreas Johansson <andjo@...> wrote:
>> Ah, so it took a side trip. Well, that explains the existence of a >> discrepancy,
> I don't think it explains anything.
Sure it does: it pushes the question back on to the Romance speakers. No longer is it English borrowing things differently; it's Latin changing internally. Poof, no longer my problem. ;-) Ray pointed out offlist that "simplicare" did exist in Classical Latin, while "simplificare" is not attested; yet clearly the latter must have existed in Medieval Latin to give rise to French "simplifier". So the mystery is, what happened to the Latin word in between? -- Mark J. Reed <markjreed@...>


Andreas Johansson <andjo@...>