- the letter used in the writing of Middle English to represent a palatal fricative, as in ung (Modern English young) or a velar fricative, as in litliche (Modern English lightly).
Origin of yogh
1250–1300; Middle English yogh, yok
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Except for yogh, h-stroke and paired , unusual letters appear only in the editorial material (introduction, notes and glossary).
Chipping Walden, of the Saxon word ᵹipping (or ghipping) uses the insular 'g' (ᵹ), variant of (lowercase) yogh (ȝ).Chronicles (1 of 6): The Description of Britaine
Yogh and thorn are alphabetized as g and t. I and J are alphabetized together.
Yogh is used in dictionary headwords; the others occur only in etymologies.A Concise Dictionary of Middle English
A. L. Mayhew and Walter W. Skeat
- a character (ȝ) used in Old and Middle English to represent a palatal fricative very close to the semivowel sound of Modern English y, as in Old English ȝeong (young)
- this same character as used in Middle English for both the voiced and voiceless palatal fricatives; when final or in a closed syllable in medial position the sound approached that of German ch in ich, as in knyȝt (knight). After the 14th century this symbol became the modern consonantal (semivocalic) y when initial or commencing a syllable, and though no longer pronounced in medial position it is preserved in many words by a modern gh, as in thought
C14: perhaps from yok yoke, referring to the letter's shape
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Word Origin and History for yogh
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