- "In fact, every single letter was originally sounded, including that omnipresent final, "silent e", which came to be used as a way of marking a long vowel."
Final "e" used to be pronounced? I thought that it was invented with the very purpose of indicating a long preceding vowel. But if that's what Prof Crystal says then it's fine by me! (By the way, I met his a few months ago.)--Bob M 16:52, 6 October 2012 (CDT)
- Yep. It was pronounced as a schwa. Re. the Prof., did you get the chance to mention teflpedia :) --Technopat 17:05, 6 October 2012 (CDT)
- Really? Well well.
- No I didn't at that point. Didn't know what to say to him actually. But I've corresponded with him occasionally by email - he's very approachable. I asked him to look at one of our articles once and he gave me his opinion. --Bob M 02:02, 7 October 2012 (CDT)