vogeltje wrote:Montmorency wrote:And when did it change the pronunciation? it must be like Dutch, for the spelling, for exmaple
dochter = daughter
I suppose the GH in English was like the CH in Dutch.
Knie = Knee
but in Dutch the K is pronounced, and in English it isn't
Twee = Two
in Dutch the W isn't silent.
These three were all pronounced like Dutch at least during the Middle English era, which ended around 1500. After that people gradually stopped spelling phonetically which makes it harder to pinpoint when pronunciation changes occurred.
GH is still pronounced as the Dutch CH in Scots, and I suppose in strong Scottish accents as well.