>>--- On Sat, 13/9/08, Chris Walker <[log in to unmask]> wrote:
This has bothered me for years - as how does a place's name change
phonetically if most of the communication was oral???
Yes but where the saxons speaking Latin or Celtic? No they weren't so the oral communication is unlikely.
If Roman settlements had some form of signage or names posted on milestones then the visitors are likely to pronounce the name of the place as written.
The Parisians don't pronounce their city's name as we Brits do even though we know that how they do!