RE: Hebrew Vav Holam

From: Jim Allan (
Date: Thu Jul 31 2003 - 16:10:35 EDT

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    Jony Rosenne posted:

    > I was under the impression that old English manuscripts did use different
    > glyphs for the two sounds of th.

    Not that I am aware of.

    The two sounds normally indicated by _th_ in modern English were spelled
      interchangeably with thorn (_þ_) and eth (_ð_) in Old English and
    often in Middle English. This was just a change in spelling convention.
    All the spellings are representable in Unicode.

    Thorn in later Middle English assumed an open-loop form which was close
    enough to _y_ to be confused with it, hence, when thorn as a letter in
    itself was forgotten, it was for a time still customary to spell _þe_ as
    _ye_ instead of _the_.

    As to _gh_, corresponding Middle English words normally used the letter
    yogh (_ȝ_). The difference is in spelling. Both spellings are available
    through Unicode.

    Jim Allan

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