Scríobh David Stifter:
> Marion Gunn wrote:
>> Since Ogam has a letter for the sound, I'd rather believe it was in use
>> in such names then.
> Now that is a very crucial point. Right _because_ Ogam Irish didn't
> actually have the sound /ng/, there is now general agreement that that
> Ogam letter didn't refer to /ng/, but rather to something else.
That "something else" being what, exactly?
> The Ogam
> name for the letter is "nGe/tal", which etymologically continues PC
> *gWantlo-. It is now generally thought that ---///--- rather expressed the
> voiced labiovelar /gW/. This sound was lost very early in Primitive Irish
> (but quite obviously after the Ogam inscript had been devised)
> and merged
> with ordinary /g/. The reinterpretation as "ng" was only a later attempt
> by medieval Irish scholars to make sense of that sign.
An attempt not since surpassed.