EARLY MODERN ENGLISH "LONG A"

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/e/

Spelling: a, ai, ay, ei, ey, ea

each
clean

Mid, front, tense, unrounded vowel. Vowel of PDE bait.

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ME /a:/ Great Vowel Shift
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PDE /e/
ME /æi/ Smoothing Great Vowel Shift PDE /i/
ME /e:/ Great Vowel Shift