I'd assume you could have [ð] > [ɣ] as in Gaelic as well, and then something like [ɣ] > ([ɰ]) > [w] (conditional in Old English > Modern English).hwhatting wrote:With enough intermediate steps, everything is possible.احمکي ارش-ھجن wrote:Is /θ ð/ > /w/ possible (with or without intermediate steps)?
/θ ð/ > /f v/ is attested, and you could take it from there.
Does anyone know what actually happened in Faroese in relation to <ð>? I'm assuming that it's etymologically determined, and thus all instances of <ð> represent instances of [ð] in Old West Norse, but was this sound dropped, with glide insertion to break vowel hiatus occurring later, or did it become [j] ~ [w] ~ [v] ~  as a kind of split. <g> seems to be used in the same way, so I wonder if there was a kind of merger between Old West Norse [ð] and [g] at some point, at least between vowels, with the resulting phone shifting to glides.