MIDDLE ENGLISH "LONG CLOSE E"

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/e/

Spelling: e, ee

ech "each"
kene "keen"

Mid, front, tense, unrounded long vowel. Vowel of PDE fate or second vowel of French café.

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OE /e:/
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Great Vowel Shift EME /i/
OE /æ:/


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OE /e/ Lengthening before consonants
OE /i/ Lengthening before consonants
OE /y:/ Unrounding