THE WILLING AND WILLFUL " W "

 

 

In our research of similarities between European languages and Hebrew we have to talk frequently about the letter that Greek and Hebrew call "WAW", that is found at the place of the Latin F in the Alphabet and that is an extremely versatile building stone in the edifice of languages. It may be useful to give an example of this with a very simple European and English

 

Indeed it would be more correct top say "the sounds" indicated by the letter "WAW" are extremely flexible as building stones in the edifice of languages.

 

 

Language Word What about the Waw ? Resulting sound
       
Older Greek dFo consonant with suffix O W
Classic Greek duo vowel with suffix O
Modern Greek dio vowel change + suffix O I
Latin duo vowel with suffix O U
Italian due vowel with suffix E U
Lombardian du, do vowel , O
French deux diphthong with E + suffix X (EU)
Spanish dos vowel with suffix S O
Russian dwa consonant with suffix A W
Polish dwoje consonant plus vowel and suffix JE WO
Check dvě consonant with suffix Ě V
Old English twa consonant with suffix A W
Modern English two vowel U
Old German zwo consonant plus vowel WO
German zwei consonant with suffix EI W
Dutch twee consonant with suffix EE W
Swedish tv consonant with suffix V
Norwegian to vowel O
Danish to vowel O

 

 

We add a few versions of English "door", also showing how the Waw changes.

 

Language Word What about the Waw ? Resulting sound
       
Greek thura vowel
Old English duru vowel U
English word door vowel OO
German Tr vowel
Dutch deur diphthong (EU)
Russian dwerj consonant W
Polish drzwi disappeared --
Check dvere consonant V

 

 

 

 

 
Created: Tuesday 6 November 2007 at 22.30.54 Updated: Thursday 10 January 2013 at 19.42.04