OLD ENGLISH "LONG E"

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/e:/

Spelling:e

ecnes "eternity"
deman "deem"

Mid, front, tense, unrounded long vowel. The vowel of PDE they.

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Germanic */e:/
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ME /e/
OE /o:/ Umlaut Shortening ME /e/
OE /e/ Lengthening before consonants ME diphthongization ME /æi/
OE /y:/ Unrounding Breaking OE /e:'/
Palatal diphthongization OE /i:'/ >OE /i:/