MIDDLE ENGLISH "SHORT E"

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/e/

Spelling: e

erst "first"
gent "noble"

Mid, front, unrounded short vowel. Vowel of PDE bet.

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OE /e/
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EME /e/
OE /e:/ Shortening Raising before nasal EME /I/
OE /e'/ Smoothing Influence of /r/ EME /a/
OE /y/ Unrounding