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Divine Amaryllis

“Dark complexion” is indeed the appropriate translation. This song is about Ana, the Spanish queen of Louis XIII of France. She was called “Amaryllis” by the king, was fond of riding outdoors and had ...
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Why has French kept all its silent letters where other languages have dropped them over time?

One reason why (though French has changed): Liaison and hiatus can also change meaning. Take away the "silent" h in haut for example and what is the difference between en haut /ɑ̃.o/ and ...
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Why has French kept all its silent letters where other languages have dropped them over time?

What is unique to French compared to other Romance languages is that it is the only one among them to prioritize etymology over pronunciation. That might have been different. See Orthographie et ...
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Why has French kept all its silent letters where other languages have dropped them over time?

It has more to do with conservative (and dating centuries back) language policies on the state level, than with the language evolution per se. Like in English, where the archaic spelling only ...
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