Posted: Apr 10, 2012 7:55 am
by Zwaarddijk
Onyx8 wrote:Well, I'm still with you so far. :thumbup:

This is perhaps OT just yet, but in the words: WHy, WHere, WHen etc. why is it that the word is spelt W+H but is pronounced H+W?

Maybe that's a spelling question rather than linguistics? Or it's just dumb....

This falls under orthography, which is part of linguistics, but you have to look at the history of a language to understand quirks like that. I'll get to historical linguistics a bit later (it's in fact the first post I wrote for this, and it's way better written than the two parts currently available - turns out phonetics and phonology is the kind of thing where I easily get lost in details.)