|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Thursday, June 22, 2000, 5:58|
At 2:58 pm -0400 21/6/00, John Cowan wrote:
>> My vowel lengths may be wrong here, but I was under the impression that
>> during the Great Vowel Shift, /u:/ became /au/, thus Anglo-Saxon /Tu:/
>> into /Dau/, but that /o:/ turned into /u:/ or /U/ (as /go:d/ became
>> /do:m/ became /du:m/, which means that /ju:/ for "you" fits the pattern
>> regularly, since in Anglo-Saxon it was "eow" with a long /o/ vowel.
>No doubt, but "you" is already spelled "you" or "yow" in ME, suggesting
>that /ju:/ was already the pronunciation then.
Merely a suggestion!
Pronunciations like /jOw/ /jAw/ persist till the present day in the west
Midlands of Old England which IMO are rather stronger indications that the
diphthongal pronunciation still persisted in Middle English.
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