Re: I got difficulties in pronouncing words ending in 'w'.
- 29. w (i. e. u in the function of a consonant) had mostly the same sound-value as the w in English wit. After diphthongs and long vowels, as also after consonants not followed by a vowel, it was probably a kind of reduced u-sound. the exact quality of which cannot be determined. Examples of the former pronunciation are :wens, hope ; witan, to know; wrikan, to persecute; swistar, sister; taíhswō, right hand. And of the latter:snáiws, snow ; waurstw, work; skađwjan, to overshadow.
from page 12 of Wright's Grammar of the Gothic Language (1910)
Lambdin is kind of vague in his book.
I think Bennett has a good explanation, but my copy is at work - I like to read it during my lunch break.
--- In email@example.com, "Hej" <gadrauhts@...> wrote:
> Could some one link to any site or make some quotes from a book where the pronunciations are explained?