Re: Trema (was: French spelling scheme)
|From:||Raymond Brown <ray.brown@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, May 5, 2001, 18:45|
At 2:43 pm -0400 4/5/01, Steg Belsky wrote:
>On Fri, 4 May 2001 14:14:57 -0400 John Cowan <jcowan@...>
>> Raymond Brown wrote:
>> > As for why the Hellenist Greek grammarians used a double-dot, I
>> don't know.
>> I don't think anyone does.
>> There is / one art || John Cowan
>I'll theorize then.... :-)
>Maybe the Greeks used *two* dots to show that the *two* letters were
>*two* distinct sounds?
...and you may well be right :)
A mind which thinks at its own expense
will always interfere with language.
[J.G. Hamann 1760]