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Sep 13 2004, 8:42 AM
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gmackematix 20 year member
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As for the standard 26 letter alphabet used in English, I'm pretty sure the newest letter is the letter J. Both vowel i and consonant j were represented by I until the 15th century. Then some of the monks working on illustrated manuscripts began to lengthen the I and curve it left when it began a word. Gradually this came to represent the consonant sound with the old form used for the vowel sound. The consonant sound is originally thought to have been like our y (so Julius was pronounced Yulius). The dzh sound came from Old French which has since softened in modern French.
Sep 13 2004, 5:02 PM
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It is W, which replaced a Runic Wynn with a double Latin VV in the 1300, following a U and J also added later than the others.