OLD ENGLISH "SHORT EA"

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'/

Spelling: ea

eahta "eight"
wealdan "govern"

Diphthong: OE /æ/ + unstressed middle vowel /'/. The vowel of PDE bat + the vowel of PDE but.

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REFLEX
OE /æ/
Breaking
Smoothing ME /a/
OE /æ/ Palatal diphthongization Umlaut OE /y/