EARLY MODERN ENGLISH "LONG I"

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/'i/

Spelling: i, igh, ai, y, ei, ie, ye, oi, oy,

I
bite

Diphthong: /'/ + /i/. Vowel of PDE but + vowel of PDE beet.

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ME /i/ Great Vowel Shift Great Vowel Shift PDE /aI/
ME /ôi/ Smoothing
ME /I/ + ME /h/ Compensatory lengthening + Great Vowel Shift