Phonological history of Old English

  • the phonological system of the old english language underwent many changes during the period of its existence. these included a number of vowel shifts, and the palatalization of velar consonants in many positions.

    for historical developments prior to the old english period, see proto-germanic language.

  • phonetic transcription
  • phonological processes
  • diphthong changes
  • dialects
  • summary of vowel developments
  • changes leading up to middle and modern english
  • notes
  • references

The phonological system of the Old English language underwent many changes during the period of its existence. These included a number of vowel shifts, and the palatalization of velar consonants in many positions.

For historical developments prior to the Old English period, see Proto-Germanic language.

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