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The Old English VowelSystem 1518
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Anglian Anglo-Norman assibilated beside OE beside older beside weak Chaucer dative declension dialects south double forms early OE ending English especially Examples fader feminine fifteenth century formations fourteenth century Germanic guttural i-umlaut inflected forms inflexion initial Kentish language large number late OE later lengthened loan-words long vowels macode masc masculine medial Midland and southern Midland dialects modern dialects monophthongized nasals native words neut neuter north Midland dialects nouns and adjectives O.Fr O.Icel open syllables origin Ormulum palatal palatal vowel past participle preceding vowel preserved pret preterite preterite and past pronounced regularly Scandinavian secondary accent short vowels shortened similarly sing southern dialects spirant stems strong nouns strong verbs syncopated thirteenth century took place trisyllabic forms twelfth century u-stems unaccented forms unaccented syllables vocalized voiced voiceless weak declension weak verbs west Midland wfre whence