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linguists in 100 years: "we're not exactly sure WHY þe þorn was introduced to þe english alphabet circa 2020, all we know is that it seems to have originated on a somewhat obscure (at þe time) decentralized social media platform

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@troubleMoney i refuse to make eszett a þing!

@chr okay no we have a chance to do þis right and distinguish based on voicing. þis [þ] is a θorn, for voiced dental fricatives; þis [θ] is a θeta, when it's voiceless.

@cryptosphinx i didn't even realize þere was a difference until you pointed it out!!!

@chr @cryptosphinx wait I don't hear a difference is this in the accent archive?

@nightpool @chr oh hm maybe. do you have a difference between the <th> in 'the' and 'with'?

@chr @nightpool oh or actually how about thigh/thy? to me those sounds like /θai/:/ðai/ in IPA

@chr @cryptosphinx oh that's cool what ffmpeg settings did you use for that

@nightpool @cryptosphinx the first one that worked from stackoverflow, uhhhh

ffmpeg -i thorn\ v\ theta.mp3 -filter_complex avectorscope=s=320x240 -y video.webm

@chr @cryptosphinx okay after listening to this a few times I think I can hear the distinction


@nightpool @cryptosphinx firefox doesn't know how to decode yuv444 chroma subsampling, i had to upload it as webm

@chr @cryptosphinx mac doesn't know how to encode webm w ffmpeg.

@aeonofdiscord @chr I think it's even more confusing than that! they distinguished the sounds but in writing þ and ð were interchangeable. check out wiki on the subject: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Pronunci. but now, ð represents the voiced version in IPA and θ represents the voiceless

@cryptosphinx @chr ahh what the piss, where the hell did I get that from

@chr do þe world a favour and pin þis to your profile

@chr see im a linguist so i might just get a phd for writing about this