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Postby coldgarden » Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:34 am

In a New Latin Grammer, the alphabet is not including J, U, and W. In CD Beginners, the alpgabet is only not including the W. And in D'Ooge, no W or J. That is very confusing, and I was wondering what is the norm. I know that the anicent alphabet didn't use the J, and U; they were added in the Middle Ages.
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Postby Lucus Eques » Tue Jun 10, 2008 1:48 am

It would be more accurate to say that the ancient Roman alphabet did not contain J or V — it had U, but it was often written as a V — really, the two were indistinguishable in orthography. 'j' is written for consonantal 'i', and 'v' is written for consonantal 'u'. "v" in Latin is pronounced as an English 'w'.

Here (scroll down to the part on orthography):
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latin
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