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CHAT Lloegr

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Tuesday, December 14, 2004, 9:26
Ray Brown wrote:

> _Llŷr_ is the Welsh form of Lear, the King that Shakespeare wrote about in > his venture into the 'fabulous Celtic twilight'. The name is spelled > _Leir_ by Geoffrey of Monmouth. I find the Old English for Leicester was > _Ligeraceaster_; I suspect the Ligera- has more to do with Llŷr/Lear/Leir > (remembering that Old British medial -g- became silent in Welsh & the > other Brittonic langs) than it has to do with Lloegr.
Also note that the combination _ige_ would be pronounced [ije] in Old English. Whatever the Old English graphy _ie_ was it probably was *not* [ie], so _ige_ may have been a way of spelling [ie]. Cf. the Old Norse/Danish name Sveinn spelled in OE as _Swegen_! -- /BP 8^)> -- Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch at melroch dot se Solitudinem faciunt pacem appellant! (Tacitus)


Ray Brown <ray.brown@...>