OLD ENGLISH "LONG I"

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Spelling: i, y, ie

iglond "island"
lif "life"

High, front, tense, unrounded long vowel. Vowel of PDE feet.

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Germanic */i:/
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ME /i/
OE /i:'/ [See "Palatal dipthongization"] Breaking OE /i:'/ > OE /e:'/
OE /y:/ Unrounding Shortening ME /I/
ME dipthongization ME /iu/ , /eu/