I just know from my Latin-English dictionary, the classical pronunciation of ‘V’ would be like our ‘W’, like in the English word ‘water’. To further confuse matters, ‘W’ in Polish and German is pronounced like our ‘V’, like in the English word ‘vine’.
Then apparently in the Middle Ages or so, the letter ‘W’ has to be invented. But what was its original sound? Especially in English and in the other European languages?
As I said, the sound of ‘W’ in ‘water’ has been around at least since classical times. In fact, it is even called a semi-vowel. (BTW, in case any of you don’t already know, ‘U’ and ‘V’ were interchangeable in Classical Latin.)
So I guess what I need, is a crash course in historic phonetics, specifically the letter ‘W’.
Thank you in advance for all your helpful replies:)
P.S. And BTW, don’t laugh. I am probably not the first person who wondered this. I am just the first person who has the courage to ask the question. Most history books I have read at least, are no help.