OLD ENGLISH "SHORT Y"

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/y/

Spelling: y, i, ie

yfel "evil"
lyft "air"

High, front, tense, rounded short vowel. The vowel of Modern High German hübsch or French pur.

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Germanic */y/
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OE /i/ , ME /I/
Unrounding OE /e/ , ME /e/
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OE /u/ , ME /U/