Germanic Origin of English Final /g/ (was: Horse Sense)
From: Richard Wordingham
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, Rick McCallister <gabaroo6958@...> wrote:
> > Have you got a cognate for English _dog_? Note that
> > the final /g/
> > cannot regularly derive from Proto-Germanic.
> > Richard.
> And dig? dug? tug? twig?
_Dig_ is first attested in the 13th century.
_Dug_ is first attested in the 16th century.
_Tug_ is first attested in the 13th century.
_Twig_ is later Northumbrian (_twigge_), apparently of Scandinavian
origin. The native OE form is spelt <twig> and <twi>.
Is this word English? :)
You can add _drag_ to the list - it's obviously related to thoroughly
native _draw_, but again it seems to be derived from the Scandavian
The only regular final /g/ I know of is after /n/, but that's not
standard English - the standard pronunciation of <ring> is /riN/.