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Re: Middle English question

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Thursday, July 29, 1999, 19:11
Boudewijn Rempt wrote:
> I tend to pronounce Middle (and Early) English as if it were > dialect Dutch, and that works pretty well along the lines given > here. But what I was wondering about was, how are the diphtongues > pronounces, _ou_ especially? I guess /au/, but it might be /o/ > or even /u/...
"ou" is /u/. When English began to be written again after the Norman invasion, they adapted French orthography, so that, for instance, =FEruh (/Trux/) became through, after the Great Vowel Shift, long /u:/ became /au/, hence words like "house". I know some things about Middle English pronunciation, but not, for instance, when /E/ or /&/ was used. --=20 "[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