Discussion in 'Lingua Latina (Latin)' started by franknagy, Apr 22, 2014.
Why did Latin use letter Q? It has another letter C denoting the sound 'k'.
You need Q to distinguish QVI /kwi:/ from CVI /kui/.
Does the sound /w/ occur in Latin only after Q?
No, the letter V represents three phonemes: semi-vowel /w/, short vowel /u/, long vowel /u:/. IVVENIS is /juwenis/, for example.
<qu> was most likely still a single sound (/kʷ/) in Latin and not two separate ones like, e.g., in Italian.
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