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Principal Characteristics of
The Old High German Period
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ablaut adjectival adjective Alemannian analogy aorist apocope arose auslaut Bavarian became become belong beside binden bruoder conjugated consonant consonantal dative declension dental preterite diphthong earliest Germanic early period East Franconian eighteenth century ending especially Examples feminine gast geben gemination gender genitive Germ German sound shift Germanic languages Goethe Gothic guage hangen High German sound Indo-European inflection inlaut krefte long vowel Low German Luther masc masculine Middle German Middle High German naht nasal neuter occurred Old High German original partly perfect participle phonetic plur present tense pret preterite preterite plural pronoun remained Rhine Franconian short vowel shortened sing strong verbs subjunctive survived syncope tendency thematic tion tive transition umlaut unstressed syllables Upper German vocalic voiced spirants voiceless vowel lengthening weak forms weak inflection weak verbs words wort