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Subject: Re: Ysabel
Author: Christo   (Authenticated as Christo)
Date: September 8, 2004 at 3:00:15 AM
Reply to: Ysabel by Elinor
Some centuries ago, in both England and France, the letters "I" and "Y" had the same phonetic value and their usage depended on the "taste" of the hand-writer. The letter "Y" was considered "more beautiful" and/or more legible (in hand-writing) and it was often preferred over "I".

Even now, letters "I" and "Y" have the same phonetic value in English.

Revolutionaries performed a spelling reform (approx. 1800) which assigned slight different values for "I" and "Y" in modern French.

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