[lit-ideas] I Lunga (Was: Roman Alphabet)

  • From: Jlsperanza@xxxxxxx
  • To: lit-ideas@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
  • Date: Sat, 18 Dec 2004 13:38:03 EST

In a message dated 12/18/2004 1:03:02 P.M. Eastern Standard Time,  
andreas@xxxxxxxxxxx writes:
So what  did the Romans overuse?

And, by the way, is it possible to write  someone's name and use only Roman 

Dunno. What I recently learned was that _my_ initials, in Latin, J. L.  would 
be spelt "I longa", "Ele". The "J" was called "I longa" because in  writing, 
the Romans did make it longer than the "I" (or capital "i"). Or so I  read in 
R. Penny, The History of the Spanish Language:
      "The sound represented by the "I" in words  like "MAIUS", "PEIUS",
        etc., was evidently a geminate  in Vulgar Latin. This conclusion
        is based on the spelling of such  words in inscriptions with 
        a double-height I ("I  longa")."
                               (Cambridge Univ. Press., p. 55).
"I longa" (Latin) come out as "I lunga" in Italian -- and as "Jay" in  
J. L.


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