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I don't know of an explanation. V is not the only letter that has developed alternative forms based on its position in a word; this kind of development seems to just happen sometimes, without there necessarily being a reason why a single form "couldn't" be used instead. In the Latin alphabet, another example is the development of ſ and s (although ...


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This addresses the last question, namely Is there anything else interesting about the history of 'u'? The Roman emperor Claudius introduced three additional letters to the Latin alphabet, among them the letter inverted digamma Ⅎ, distinguishing between the vowel V and the consonant Ⅎ. The Claudian letters were short-lived and not used after Claudius' reign....


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The Polish pronouns ja (“I”), ty (“you singular, thou”), on (“he”), ono (“it”) have two sets of forms in the Genitive, Dative, and Accusative cases: a full form and a clitic form. The clitic form has no stress of its own and intonationally it is attached to the previous word, therefore the clitic forms cannot begin a sentence while the full forms can. The ...


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