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Bogenrief, this can't be!
Posted by: Karen Boruff Date: June 10, 2001 at 23:26:41
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I hate to ran on someones parade, but this makes no phonetic sense at all. True each language group has it's own individual phonetic system. But it is also true, what aplies today, didn't necessarily apply 200 or 300 years ago.
Untile after the Cival War, there was no standardized spellings for any words, all was phonetic. The key here is it must be heard to be spelled. So if the Bogen was pronounced Bo..the "gen" would have disappeared a long time ago. It is being pronouced today, the letters are there to today, which means it was back when our Valentine was alive.
High German, is an affectation, that was aquired due to mimicing by the upper class of the Kings language. The Kings language, simply meant that kings are not always from the country they rule, and thus they use their own accent, on their new language. That's how Borough (pronouced Bo ruff, in old english) began to be pronounced Burrow. A French king on the English thrown. You can see it, if you think about it.
This sort of illogical jump, is what complicates the search. Not just for the Boruff researchers, but for the Bogenriefs.
If you don't believe me, check with a liquistics expert (at univeristy level) or a true Historian.
Feel free to contact me, if you need more information. Karen


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