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Re: R: Re: RV: Old English

From:Sally Caves <scaves@...>
Date:Thursday, March 30, 2000, 4:41
Mangiat wrote:
> > Vasily wrote: > > AFAIK, all word-initial _sc_ became [S], irrespective of the following > > sound, at least in the dialect(s) ancestral to the language of London. > > > > Actually, I was going to say 'all _sc_ in all positions', but there do > > exist a few difficult exceptions like _ask_. > > > > All Modern English words with initial [sk] are borrowings. > > What about skate, skein, sketch, skewer, skill, skimp, skin...? > Are they Norman loanwords?
No, they are Norse loan words, most of these. Sally ============================================================ SALLY CAVES (bragpage) (T. homepage) (all else) ===================================================================== Niffodyr tweluenrem lis teuim an. "The gods have retractible claws." from _The Gospel of Bastet_ ============================================================