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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 >until 1949. > >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|. Andreas _________________________________________________________________ Chat with friends online, try MSN Messenger: