The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 9.1249 Sunday, 6 December 1998.
Date: Friday, 04 Dec 1998 14:40:06 -0500
Subject: 9.1216 Re: Branagh; GRE; Flip Wilson; Honan
Comment: Re: SHK 9.1216 Re: Branagh; GRE; Flip Wilson; Honan
Jonathan Hope observes that "The written names <Whateley> and <Hathaway>
look very different, but phonetically they are very close, so I'd say
it's entirely possible that they could be written forms of the same
name, given early modern variation in pronunciation and spelling."
Anybody know enough about phonology to know whether the elision of W and
L, whether in childish prattle or the affected lisp of the Edwardian
Guard, is conceivable for late C16 Midlands?