Ask Experts Questions for FREE Help !
    Vox's Avatar
    Vox Posts: 7, Reputation: 1
    New Member

    Feb 6, 2003, 06:49 PM
    According to what I have learned, the X in the old spanish had the sound of the english H, or the spanish J, for that matter. That is why Mexico is pronounced Mejico and not Mecsico. The same thing goes for Texas and Don Quixote.

    Can you tell me what sound the J had in spanish before this change? I know that the J was invented in the middle ages, but Don Quixote was written long after that time, and Mexico and Texas were named after the medieval period, which means the J already existed in that same time, but had a different sound since the X was used in its place.
    juanruiz's Avatar
    juanruiz Posts: 16, Reputation: 1
    New Member

    Jun 18, 2003, 12:17 PM
    The "j" in old Spanish was pronounced like the modern French "j".The "x" was pronounced "sh".
    VSPrasad's Avatar
    VSPrasad Posts: 108, Reputation: 10
    Junior Member

    Jul 25, 2007, 07:34 AM
    The duality of pronouncing 'x' as 'ks' and 'j' appears in the words
    'Mexico' and 'Xerox'.

    Culturally, people tried to add consonants to suit their regional
    writing traditions. The name of Russian writer Chekov known to
    Americans is spelled Tchekhov by French, Cechov by Italians,
    Tsechechow by Germans, Tjechov by Swedes and Tchejoff by

    If you see a book written in 1500 or 1400 AD, you will be
    surprised to see that each author uses his personal
    spelling for the same word.

    Since the year 1100, the development or English orthography has largely ignored the alphabetic principle and the idea that each letter (or digraph) should be a sound sign. The result has been a chaotic and inconsistent orthography and the dubious distinction of being "the world's worst spelled language."

    Corruption or bastardization is a way of referring to certain changes in a language. The most common way that a word can be said to be corrupted is the change of its spelling through errors and gradual changes in comprehension, transcription, and hearing. This is especially common with words borrowed from another language. For example Guangzhou was formerly known as Canton, which is a transliteration of Guangdong following the rules of French sound structures. The terms "corruption" and "bastardization" carry negative connotations, and are rooted in prescriptivist theories of language.

Not your question? Ask your question View similar questions


Question Tools Search this Question
Search this Question:

Advanced Search

Add your answer here.

Check out some similar questions!

Checking the history if the history has been deleted [ 3 Answers ]

I want to know all the sites my family has been visiting on the web. How do I check that if the history has been erased/deleted? Thanks in advance.

History! [ 3 Answers ]

Ananda Pillai's description of the Christian's dinner party pointed to which wrongdoing of the host? A - He tried to convert guests to Christianity. B - He served European food only. C - He invited members of other religions although he was a convert. D - He invited members of all levels of...

History - WW2 [ 2 Answers ]

when did the americans join in the war

History [ 1 Answers ]

Who are the United States representatives in the legislative branch?

View more questions Search