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Sound Change and the History of English$
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Jeremy Smith

Print publication date: 2007

Print ISBN-13: 9780199291953

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199291953.001.0001

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From Old to Middle English

From Old to Middle English

(p.107) 5 From Old to Middle English
Sound Change and the History of English

Jeremy J. Smith (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter begins with a discussion of the strong evidential basis for the Old English-Middle English transition, and then proceeds to discuss the major quantitative sound-changes which characterize this transition: homorganic lengthening, shortening, and Middle English Open Syllable Lengthening (MEOSL).

Keywords:   The Ormulum, compensatory lengthening, homorganic lengthening, shortening, Middle English Open Syllable Lengthening

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