[Spellyans] chi v chy

Michael Everson everson at evertype.com
Thu May 6 16:47:19 IST 2010


One has little strength for debate today.

On 6 May 2010, at 16:24, Craig Weatherhill wrote:

> As you mention the <hw> graph was introduced to link closer to Breton C'h (and Welsh Ch) but would I be wrong in saying that a true parallel would not have been <hw> but <ghw>?  Of course, there was an irrational opinion that <wh> was "English'.  So, to replace it, they introduced <hw> which is, of course - English.  Old English (e.g. hweol - wheel).  It was false purism.

There is no "hw" in Old English. There is "hƿ" only.

Michael Everson * http://www.evertype.com/





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