Re: Latin vowels?

From: John Cowan (
Date: Mon Sep 09 2002 - 08:20:24 EDT

Radovan Garabik scripsit:

> A bookcase full of old (~100 years) hungarian books has just got into
> my posession. I noticed that "J" is there often used as a vowel
> at the beginning of word before consonant (where modern hungarian has "I").
> However, before vowels, "J" stands for consonant /j/ universally, and
> in the middle of word "i" is used for /i/, as one would expect.

Surely this reflects the influence of Fraktur type, where I and J are
almost indistinguishable, whereas i and j are quite distinct.

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