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W v V
« on: March 15, 2014, 12:43:55 AM »
Could someone tell me when and where either the 'W' pronounced by other Germanic countries as a 'V' became pronounced as we do, a 'W'.   Or vice versa.
Not even my German and Austrian friends know.
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Re: W v V
« Reply #1 on: March 15, 2014, 08:03:31 AM »

It was that some other Germanic people changed the W sound into a V sound. At the time we used the letter ƿ for that sound. After the Norman Conquest several letters were experimented for that sound including "w", "u", "v", "uu" and "vv".

I think that several other Germanic languages were making the change from a "w" sound to a "v" sound about the time that the Anglo-Saxons came to Britain, but I am not sure of the timing.


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Re: W v V
« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2014, 10:30:04 PM »
Just a quick thought on this, but from my preliminary studies of Nederlands (Dutch), it would suggest that Dutch is sort of the halfway point between W and V, where English (Anglo-Saxon) went with W and German went with the /v/ sound for the letter W.
ic hātte Damon, Wīelisc mann oneardað Wiogoraceastre.
I'm Damon, a Welshman living in Worcester.