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Re: Thou/You

From:John Cowan <jcowan@...>
Date:Wednesday, June 21, 2000, 18:58
callanish 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:/ turned > into /Dau/, but that /o:/ turned into /u:/ or /U/ (as /go:d/ became /gUd/ and > /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. -- Schlingt dreifach einen Kreis um dies! || John Cowan <jcowan@...> Schliesst euer Aug vor heiliger Schau, || Denn er genoss vom Honig-Tau, || Und trank die Milch vom Paradies. -- Coleridge (tr. Politzer)