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Re: Germanic vowel correspondences (was: Scots.)

From:Benct Philip Jonsson <bpj@...>
Date:Sunday, July 20, 2008, 18:23
On 2008-07-20 John Vertical wrote:
 > &Have any of you noticed the "reprise" vowel
 > shifts taking place in English? /O:/ merging
 > with /A/ is still somewhat vanilla, but what I
 > find a bit more eerie is /au/ in many dialects
 > working its way forwards to [&u] or somesuch.

Not only that, but Q > A > & in the US Northern
Cities shift -- a reprise of what happened in

& > I@ seems to be a new one, however!

 > Dutch /9Y/ <> German /au/ also parallels this,
 > even tho I presume they got it via */u:/
 > fronting to */y:/.

Yep u: > y: > 2y.  No need for asterisks as it
all falls squarely within the attested history
of German! :-)

/BP 8^)>
Benct Philip Jonsson -- melroch atte melroch dotte se
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