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Where can I find numbers for frequencies of digraphs?

I was wondering what was the frequencies of English digraphs, both vowels and consonants. Googling it gave me frequencies of letter combinations, but not of digraphs, is there anywhere where I could ...
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What was the historical pronunciation of the digraph <gh> like? [duplicate]

What was the historical pronunciation of the digraph <gh>, as in height, thought, thorough, laugh, enough, Edinburgh like?
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Any idea about this 'ul' glyph from 1580's book on orthography?

Second row, all the way to the right. Does this glyph have a name? I am unfamiliar with it and had never come across it before. Page 21 in Bullokars Booke at large, for the amendment of orthographie ...
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'When was the use of Þ diminished by the digraph 'th'?

Wikipedia does not mention the exact date, nor do any other sites that I have visited. While no Shakespearean book that I have read ( later 16th Century ) has the use of Þ in it, and the 15th ...
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Is there an equivalent of diaeresis, but for consonants?

I know that diaeresis is used to show that two adjacent vowels are not a diphthong but should be pronounced separately, as in naïve or Zoë. Is there an equivalent mark or format in current ...
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Is there any English word starting with "gh" and "gh" is not pronounced as /ɡ/?

Gh is a digraph in English (and in some other languages). In English, you can see it at the beginning, in the middle and at the end of the word. If ⟨gh⟩ is not at the beginning of the word, it is ...
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Why is "night" spelled with "gh"?

I am not a native speaker, and I find it very interesting that night is written with gh. Why is it spelled this way?
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Is there any rule for differentiating between the endings "th" and "ht"?

Some words end in th (length, width), and others end in ht (height, fight, tonight, caught). I sometimes have difficulties in spelling such words because I don't know which ending to choose. Is ...
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