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French -ois (jara: YAC: Widse -- a conlang based on Ygyde)

From:Jan van Steenbergen <ijzeren_jan@...>
Date:Thursday, January 30, 2003, 18:12
 --- Christophe skrzypszy:

> You got it the wrong way round. Originally they were both spelt "françois" > and "danois" (the first one is kept in the first name François, pronounced > with /wa/, another proof of the randomness of this change :)) ), but > "françois" > became spelt "français" to follow the sound. In the same way, the imperfect > endings in French used to be spelt "-ois, -oit, -oient" (now "-ais, -ait, - > aient"). It's the reason why English has "conoisseur" for French > "connaisseur". > They borrowed it before the spelling reform ;))) .
Wasn't the ending |-ois| originally pronounced [we] in Old French? That's at least what I remember from the year when I studied musicology (and my favourite subject was Medieval music, especially Guillaume de Machaut and the Ars Subtilior). Jan ===== "Originality is the art of concealing your source." - Franklin P. Jones __________________________________________________ Do You Yahoo!? Everything you'll ever need on one web page from News and Sport to Email and Music Charts


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