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Re: Banin again

From:Christophe Grandsire <christophe.grandsire@...>
Date:Monday, January 15, 2001, 10:03
En réponse à daniel andreasson <daniel.andreasson@...>:

> > {ie} is in this case a falling diphthong. I don't know if > it was in Old French. >
No, it was rising /i_e/, and later was monophtongized as /e/ (Old French had even more diphtongues than Modern Portuguese, but later monophtonguized them all. Hey, it makes me think of a definition for John Cowan's list of essentials: Old French was essentially Modern Portuguese as spoken by a Frank soldier pretending to know Latin :) ). Christophe.