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The Middle English Period i
The Chief Dialectal Differences in O E
E Changes Introduction
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12th cent analogy Anglo-Norman appears in M.E. back vowel became M.E. Chaucer clene consonant groups dative declension demde dialectal differences dialects diphthongs in M.E. disappeared E.Mid e/ea early M.E. English final fish fish forms fourteenth century frequently front vowel gives M.E. glide grammatical gender i/y i/y i/y inflectional endings inflections influence labialised lengthening levelled literary dialect long and short long close long vowel M.E. period M.E. texts medial back MIDDLE ENGLISH Mo/no normal nouns and adjectives O.E. diphthongs O.E. Kt O.E. long o/n o/n o/n occasional occurred ORTHOGRAPHIC CHANGES ousted past participle Peterborough Chronicle Plur plural preterite remained S.W. and Kt Scandinavian short vowel shortening simple vowels singular smoothed to long SOUND CHANGES spelling strong verbs survived swift swift swift teenth century thirteenth century to/o to/o twelfth century umlaut unround variations vocalised voiceless W.Mid weakening written wulfes