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I know that the German verb "haben", the English verb "have" and Latin "capio" are cognate.

I know that the German verb "Sieben", the English verb "seven" and Latin "septem" are cognate.

I know that the German verb "über", the English verb "over" and Latin "super" are cognate.

I notised that the Gothic capital letters for Latin "b", "v" and "p" are alike.

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Do the above transformation caused by the Gothic script?

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    It seems likely, but then again, not. Consider all the instances you talk about are about the small letters, not the capital letters. – Janka Aug 5 at 10:47
  • I would rather expect the letter form was inspired by the phonetics. – vectory Aug 6 at 8:36
  • Compare this type font, where the "x" looks rather like a small "r", which fits to southern German rhotic "x" (transcribed approximately as "techst" < "text"): de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sperrsatz#/media/… – vectory Aug 6 at 8:49
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    Any argument about the history of language that depends upon writing is almost certainly wrong. Almost everybody in history, up to the last century or so, has had no knowledge of reading or writing. – Colin Fine Aug 6 at 9:16
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    Gothic is a different script, your image shows what is called the blackletter, and namely the Fraktur typefase, created in the early 16th century. – Yellow Sky Aug 6 at 23:12
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The cognates you mention can be explained by more or less regular sound changes.

The shapes of the letters are explained by a separate process.

But it would be difficult to say that the sound change is caused by the appearance of the letters, because:

  1. People don't usually allow their speech to be influenced by writing in that way.

  2. The sound change predates the typeface considerably.

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    Adding to your arguments, all of this happened when literacy was very low. – ˈvʀ̩ʦl̩ˌpʀm̩ft Aug 6 at 7:46

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