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On Wed, 14 Jan 2004, Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:

> At 21:08 12.1.2004, Ray Brown wrote:
>
> >Not Sardinian - but 'twas so in Romanian.  Old French had [dZ].  One must
> >remember that intervocalic /j/ was always geminate in Latin, i.e. [jj].
> >It was a change from [jj] --> [dj], and confusions in spelling, {z} ~ {di}
> >~ {i} show the change going on in the 2nd & 3rd cents. CE.
>
> What do you think of the hypothesis that the spelling
> MAGIS represented /majjis/ even in classical times?

My revealing-ignorance question is how do we know that intervocalic /j/
was always geminite in Latin?

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Tristan