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Jayson:
---would someone tell me how the name of the Geats in Beowulf would have been pronounced?  Would the 'G' have been 'Gee' or 'Y'? And would it have the two vowels have been pronounced separately?


Iohannes:
I can't  :-[ decide between these two:

geat: /jæət/ and /gæət/  :(

peter horn:

--- Quote from: Jayson on January 30, 2011, 07:09:56 PM ------would someone tell me how the name of the Geats in Beowulf would have been pronounced?  Would the 'G' have been 'Gee' or 'Y'? And would it have the two vowels have been pronounced separately?

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As I understand it, with a Y
ie:  roughly, yey-at

lawrence:
This has raised in my mind the question of my own surname, "Yates" which I had always assumed to be something to do with gatekeeping.  Could there rather be a link with Geats?

All the best,

Lawrence

Iohannes:
I don't know, Lawrence. IMO, the connection with 'gate' is more plausible.

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