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Great Vowel Shift. An idiosyncracy of English spelling:. rate. rat. bite. bit. weed. wed. cot. coot. The Bouma shape. Tihs is qtiue esay to raed. It's spespuod to be psoisble to raed tihs. But it’s ixapnelcliby peioltrbmac to dcpeiher tihs. Great Vowel Shift.

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Great Vowel Shift

An idiosyncracy of English spelling:

rate

rat

bite

bit

weed

wed

cot

coot


The Bouma shape

Tihs is qtiue esay to raed

It's spespuod to be psoisble to raed tihs

But it’s ixapnelcliby peioltrbmac to dcpeiher tihs


Great Vowel Shift

An idiosyncracy of English spelling:

rate

rat

bite

bit

weed

wed

cot

coot


OE

before 1150

ME

1150-1500

Modern English

Early Mod. E

1500-1650


OE

before 1150

ME

1150-1500

Early Mod. E

1500-1650

Modern English

>

>

>

>

>

>

later

diphthonging

Great

Vowel

Shift

spelling

change


Great Vowel Shift


Great Vowel Shift


Baugh p.238:


Baugh p.238:


house

tide

sweet

moon

clean

stone

name


hús

tíd

swét

móna

´

clæn

stán

nama


tide

house

sweet

moon

clean

stone

name


moon

sweet

tide

house

clean

stone

name


pull or push-chains?


house

tide


house

tide


house

tide


house

tide


house

tide


house

tide


sweet

clean, break

name


sweet

clean

break

name


stone

break

name


goat

face


goat

face


goat

face


goat

face


GVS

Long vowels only!


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