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the development of ME svarabhakti vowels in final
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Anglian Anglo-Norman assibilated beside OE beside older Chaucer closed syllables dative declension dialects north disappeared double forms early OE east Midland dialects Examples fader feminine final formations fourteenth century French genitive Germanic grammatical gender guttural i-umlaut inflected forms inflexion initial J>at Kentish language large number late OE later lengthening loan-words long vowels masc masculine medial Middle English Midland and southern Midland dialects modern dialects monophthongized nasals neut neuter north Midland dialects nouns and adjectives O.Fr O.Icel open syllables origin Ormulum orthography palatal palatal vowel past participle person singular preceding vowel preserved pret preterite preterite and past pronouns regularly Scandinavian short vowels shortened similarly sing singular and plural southern dialects spirant strong nouns strong verbs syncopated thirteenth century took place twelfth century u-stems unaccented form uninflected voiced voiceless weak declension weak verbs west Midland words