A Conversation for Anglo-Saxon (Old English)
AgProv4 Started conversation Apr 21, 2019
So the "w" is as in modern English and not the "v" pronunciation of other Germanic languages? (Dutch, German, et c). Just checking.
Gnomon - time to move on Posted Apr 21, 2019
AgProv4 Posted Apr 21, 2019
Thanks! At first glance - when you see the similarities to things like Dutch - you expect the "w" to be a "v". but this is the english "w". got it.
Gnomon - time to move on Posted Apr 23, 2019
And the ch is an English ch like in church, not a German one. So the word for "I" is pronounced itch, not like a German ich.
Some of the features which make English different from German were already present.
AgProv4 Posted Apr 24, 2019
So - just guessing that where Dutch, Afrikaans, et c, are rhotic and heavy no voiced consonants, Old English is already going in a different direction, towards "soft" pronunciation and non-rhoticity?
Gnomon - time to move on Posted Apr 25, 2019
I don't know what you mean by "hard consonants". I think the English "ch" is just as hard as the German one.
On Rhoticity, I don't know, but I suspect Old English was a strongly rhotic language. Considering that r's are still pronounced in many parts of England, I would say the dropping of the letter r is a recent change in English, probably in the last 300 years, whereas Old English stopped being spoken in about 1200.
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