<html><head><meta http-equiv="Content-Type" content="text/html charset=windows-1252"></head><body style="word-wrap: break-word; -webkit-nbsp-mode: space; -webkit-line-break: after-white-space;" class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class="">I drew attention to rhotacised spellings that predated non-rhotacised spellings.</font><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class="">This was intended as a caveat to Jan’s remark: “shift forward a few hundred years”.<br class=""></font><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class="">I didn’t speculate about the date of rhotacisation or whether it was dialectal or idiolectal.</font></div><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class="">There doesn’t seem to be enough evidence to answer either question.</font></div><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class=""><br class=""></font></div><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class="">It is likely, however, that -s- continued sometimes to be written, even when the writer in question</font></div><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class="">rhotacised in his own speech.</font></div><div class=""><br class=""></div><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class="">Nicholas</font></div><div class=""><font face="Verdana" size="2" class=""><br class=""></font></div><div class=""><br class=""><div><blockquote type="cite" class=""><div class="">On 15 Dec 2015, at 13:34, Anthony Hearn <<a href="mailto:a.d.hearn@blueyonder.co.uk" class="">a.d.hearn@blueyonder.co.uk</a>> wrote:</div><br class="Apple-interchange-newline"><div class=""><span style="font-family: Helvetica; font-size: 12px; font-style: normal; font-variant: normal; font-weight: normal; letter-spacing: normal; orphans: auto; text-align: start; text-indent: 0px; text-transform: none; white-space: normal; widows: auto; word-spacing: 0px; -webkit-text-stroke-width: 0px; background-color: rgb(255, 255, 255); float: none; display: inline !important;" class="">Nicholas, are you saying that the rhotacising had happened by the late 16th century but that spelling remained conservative?  Or that it was dialectal or idiosyncratic until it became general?  What are you views on this development and its timing?</span></div></blockquote></div><br class=""></div></div></body></html>