Re: A question on vowel orthography
|From:||Andreas Johansson <and_yo@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 25, 2002, 15:58|
Lars Henrik Mathiesen>
> > Date: Fri, 24 May 2002 18:47:26 +0200
> > From: daniel andreasson <danielandreasson@...>
> > Andreas wrote:
> > > As |aa| perhaps? That's the origin of Nordic a-ring, at
> > > any rate.
> > It is? I was under the impression that the origin was |ao| or
> > even earlier o-med-kvist (or o-med-hake). That is, u-umlauted
> > a. Or are we talking about different things?
>This is all IIRC:
>In the earliest Common Scandinavian (non-runic) texts, the u-umlaut of
>a = /a/, short or long, was written variously o-hook, ao, or just a;
>its value then was probably /Q/.
>Later the long version merged with /A:/ > /Q:/ on the mainland, and
>that's where the aa spelling came in --- in Denmark, it was official
>But graphically, å is from ao.
A book I read in school some years ago did certainly claim |å|<|aa|. That's
about the support I can muster for my above statement. "Bra Böckers Lexikon"
agrees with you that |å|<|ao|.
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