Re: USAGE: Thorn vs Eth
|From:||Pavel Iosad <pavel_iosad@...>|
|Date:||Tuesday, July 9, 2002, 11:36|
> > Eth is the voiceless th. Like in Bath.
> > Thorn is the voiced th. like in Then.
> Except that it's exactly the opposite!!!
> Thorn is the *voiceless* th, like in bath or think, while eth
> is the *voiced*
> th of then and that. That's why you often see it written
> 'edh' instead.
In addition, in the natlangs that use(d) it, these are usually
allophones of one another, so the graphic distinction is of little
correlation to the pronunciation. Basically, intervocalically it's [D],
elsewhere [T]. That's why you seldom see a capital eth, and there are so
many medial thorns which are actually [D]'s.
Pavel Iosad firstname.lastname@example.org
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