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Re: Middle English question

From:BP Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Saturday, July 31, 1999, 16:34
At 18:44 -0500 30.7.1999, Nik Taylor wrote:
>BP Jonsson wrote: >> "u" was /u/ or /y/. > >/y/ existed in Middle English? I thought it was lost in Late Old >English.
It existed as a loan-phoneme from Frenshe. OE /y/ had merged with /i/. I wouldn't claim that all speakers used /y/, and in the correct places...
> >> "3" "to3te". > >Does "3" represent the "yogh"?
Yup. Forgot to note that...
>So, is this correct?: > >he: &:ks@d &ftEr Eg@s &nd D@ go:d@ wi:f &nswErd@ D&t Se: cu:d@ nOt spE:k >nO frEnS@ &nd DEn &t l&st a: nODEr said D&t he: wu:ld@ h&:v h&d Eir@n >DEn De: go:d@ wi:f said D&t Se: u:ndErsto:d hi:m wel
At least one way to render it by the stated rules... "We call the spirit of William Caxton..." ;-)
>-- >"[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not >speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue >hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." -- >William Caxton > > >ICQ: 18656696 >AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor
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