OLD ENGLISH "SHORT I"

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/i/

Spelling: i, y, ie

in "in"
lim "limb"

High, front, tense, unrounded short vowel. Close to the vowel of PDE pit, but tenser; the first vowel of French bistro.

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Germanic */i/
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ME /I/
Germanic */e/ Umlaut Lengthening before consonants

OE /i:/
ME /i/

ME /e/

OE /i'/ [See "Palatal diphthongization"] Breaking OE /i'/>/e'/
OE /y/ Unrounding