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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?

David Barrow

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 > poor > old Alfred was likely to get his name misread as 'Alured'. > > Ray > =============================================== > > (home) > (work) > =============================================== > "A mind which thinks at its own expense will always > interfere with language." J.G. Hamann, 1760 >


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