The Alphabet; Terentian Metres Good, Better, Best

The Alphabet; Terentian Metres Good, Better, Best

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This historic book may have numerous typos and missing text. Purchasers can download a free scanned copy of the original book (without typos) from the publisher. Not indexed. Not illustrated. 1849 edition. Excerpt: ...aj. Thus the Anglo-Saxon writes eorl, Eotaland, eow, Eadward, eahta, bedd-an, for earl, Jutland, you, Edward, eight, to bid. On the other hand, iett, iiigoth, represent yet, youth. (Bask's Grammar.) In several of these words the initial y no longer appears in modern English. But it would be unsafe to infer that the change always takes place in that direction, for one who observes children in their early attempts to speak, will find that many are apt to prefix either a w or a y to all words beginning with a vowel. Thus we have heard a child pronounce Uncle, Agnes, apple--Yung, Yang, wap; so that the prefixing a y where there was none, is just as possible as to drop a previously existing y. The sound of y again is heard where the French write 11 or gn, as in vaillant, agneau; in the Spanish l l or 11, as in Mallorca, Coruna; in the Portuguese lh or nh, as in filho, Minho; and in the Italian gl or gn, as in figlio, agnello. For the interchange of y with g, see G; for the use of z with the sound of y, see Z; lastly, for the connection between the sounds of j and y, see J and Z. lu like Y, was only found in the later Roman alphabet see X, from which it has been transferred to the alphabets of Western Europe. In the Greek series of letters it occupied the seventh place, the sixth being the property of the subsequently disused Vau or F. Two questions then arise which deserve an answer: how was it that the Romans gave this letter a place so different from that occupied by the Greek letter? and secondly, how are we to account for the Latin letter G occupying the place which should have been given to Z? We would first observe that the Greeks were surrounded on the north by Slavonic races, with whom an abundance of sibilants has always been in favour, more

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