OLD ENGLISH "SHORT O"

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/o/

Spelling: o

ord "spear-point"
folc "folk"

Mid, back, tense rounded short vowel. The vowel of Modern British English hot or Modern High German Gott.

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Germanic */o/
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ME /ô/
Lengthening in open syllables ME /ô:/
OE /a/ Raising before nasal Umlaut OE /e/
Lengthening before consonants ME /o/