Re: Rovna Poland or Russia #general


Judith Romney Wegner
 

Rovno, in Vohlniya, Russia is now called Rivne, in Ukraine.
Doug Cohen

That's interesting, because someone else just mentioned that Lvov is now
Lviv.

A pattern seems to be emerging here, whereby place names with an "o" vowel
are getting their names changed so as to replace the "o" sound by an "i"
vowel sound. Could some linguist who knows Russian and Polish well please
explain to us the reason for this phenomenon. -- i.e. who is responsible
for changing these place names and why, specificlaly, are these "o"
vowels being changed to "i" vowels?

Judith Romney Wegner

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