THE CONSONANT "K"

/k/

SOURCE: Germanic */k/

Voiceless velar stop

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

CONSONANT
OE /k/
ME /k/
EME /k/
PDE /k/
SPELLING
c, k (rare)
k, kk, c, cc, qu (for /kw/)
k, kk, c, cc, ck, qu (for /kw/ or /k/), ch (in loanwords)
k, kk, c, cc, ck, qu (for /kw/ or /k/), ch (in loanwords)
EXAMPLE
cepan
kepe
keep
keep

SOUND

CHANGES AFFECTING /k/

EME /k/

Loss in initial position before /n/

Spelling pronunciation in loanwords