THE CONSONANT "Y"

/j/

SOURCE: Germanic */j/; OE /g/

alveopalatal semivowel

The consonant /j/ has been stable from OE through PDE.

CONSONANT
OE /j/
ME /j/
EME /j/
PDE /j/
SPELLING
g
3, y, g
y
y, u (to represent /j/ + /u/)
EXAMPLE
geong
younge
young
young

SOUND

CHANGES AFFECTING /j/

ME /j/

Loss of /j/ in OE prefix spelled ge-