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Post  Nadeau on Thu Mar 24, 2011 11:15 am

Explain the G-W relationship in English.

The French words that came to England were from two separate dialects areas. The norman Conquest brought with it Nothern dialect, the French of Normandy and Picardy. When the Angevin dynasty began in the middle of the twelfth century, however, the dialect of Central France became the norm in court and fashionable society. Pronunciation differed considerably between the two dialects, often leading to the same word being borrowed twice, in the two different forms:

NF had (w) where CF had (g)
NF had (k) where CF had ch (tf)
NF had ch (tf) where CF had (s)
NF: catch, warden, warranty, launch, wage.
CF: chase, guardian, guarantee, lance, gauge


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