On Do, 13.08.2009, 16:13, Marion Gunn wrote:
> That "something else" being what, exactly?
Well, as I said, the voiced labiovelar /gW/. This sound was very rare, so
it is no surprise that the letter isn't actually attested in those
inscriptions that have survived (if I am not mistaken).
You should be able to find a more detailed discussion of this in Damian
McManus's book on Ogam, and also in Sabine Ziegler's book.
>> 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.
I think among scholars it has been surpassed by /gW/ now, even though the
letter is still traditionally called "nGetal".