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Old 12-14-2008, 09:54 AM   #7
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Originally Posted by Andrew B. View Post
Thanks. I see what you are saying. But so I can be more clear, what about the phrase "haue giuen vnto you euery herbe." Do we know if the letter u we pronounced in these words. Was it like the modern v?
What time period do you refer to?? Pronunciations are always changing. And it seems the positions on prior pronunciations are always being debated. I guess linguists take works from a prior time and compare them to translations and derive the pronunciations in that manner, but then other opinions come up over the process and the debate begins.

I was always told the u was pronounced like a v, but look at Tyndale's Bible. This work gives a good feel for how things were pronounced in the 1530's I think, or there abouts -- I'd have to look it up again (which is actually the language of the King James Version, having depended so much on Tyndale's prior work -- and some credit Tyndale with having a greater impact on the English language than Shakespeare) I note in this link to the Gospel of John instances where the u has to be pronounced as a u.

It's an interesting subject, but not one I know very much about. Another interesting question is, at what time was the English language the most beautiful in speech?? The time of Shakespeare?? Perhaps, the time of Tyndale??

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