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Re: German Spelling Reform (fwd)
On Wed, 11 Aug 1999, FFlores wrote:
> I think Brithenig has /w/ > /gw/ initially... Or was it Kernu?
> Andrew, Padraic, am I right? Why did you decide to have that change?
Yes, both Brithenig and Kernu has /gw/ initially. It is a sound change
that occurred among the Brythonic languages. In Brithenig latin v has
the value /w/ rather than change to /v/. /v/ only occurs in mutations as
an initial letter. A later sound change makes initial /w/ become /gw/ as
happens in the continental Romance languages. This sound change is more
widely applied in Brithenig than them and it is subject to the same rules
of mutation as /g/.
The Glossarium Damnonum Linguae shows that Kernu has some words that
begin with v /v/ normally. In Brithenig the only words that begin with
f /v/ are borrowings, such as: fodka, vodka.
Andrew Smith, Intheologus firstname.lastname@example.org
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