I've always struggled badly with all that linguistic and pronounciation stuff.Malcolm Armsteen wrote: ↑Mon Jan 27, 2020 6:07 pmÆ is most definitely OE - Æthelraed, Ælfgyfu and so on. As far as I am aware Latin orthography never used it as a grapheme, ae was not uusually ligatured. instead you might find it in mediæval Latin texts using OE orthography. It's a grapheme called æsc (pronounced 'ash') and is frequent.
Not in Chaucer's English, though! That was Middle English, and the Old English graphemes had largely gone. Eventually killed off by printing. Which is a pity, because eth ð and thorn ϸ were useful.
We did some Chaucer at school (Several knob jokes in there to keep the class sane).
Never thought it would be any use, stuff that was obviously intended to rhyme, but didn't.
Years later, it proved immensely helpful when I was trying to learn the Dutch language.
Anyway, more stuff I didn't understand - but explained properly.