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Title: The loss of [ei] : [ai] opposition in Middle English
Authors: Wełna, Jerzy
Issue Date: 2007
Publisher: Adam Mickiewicz University
Citation: Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, vol. 43 (2007), pp. 3-16
Abstract: On the basis of several electronic and online corpora this paper discusses the temporal and regional conditioning of the elimination of the diphthong [ei] in Middle English, a process which led to a restructuring of the system of English diphthongs. The study exploits the so-called impure rhymes found in poetic texts from various areas of England. Although Luick’s hypothesis concerning an early change in the North is not invalidated, the examples adduced here seem to indicate that an early merger of [ei] with [ai] may have also taken place in the northern areas of the West Midland.
ISSN: 0081-6272
Appears in Collections:Studia Anglica Posnaniensia, 2007 vol. 43

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