USAGE: OE pt was Re: USAGE:Yet another few questions about Welsh.
|From:||David Barrow <davidab@...>|
|Date:||Saturday, July 10, 2004, 21:56|
Even though 'Alfred' is a compound: Ælf- ræd? Was this voicing a
regular feature of OE? Did it happen to /s/ and /T/ as well?
Ray Brown wrote:
> Now, when the Normans took over and reformed (or deformed) our spelling,
> you do find names like Alfred being written as Alvred (yes, the |f| was
> voiced here in OE). The only trouble is that it wasn't till centuries
> later that 'u' and 'v' were distinguished as separate letters. So the
> old Alfred was likely to get his name misread as 'Alured'.
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