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 Post subject: Re: vowel shift
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 11:22 pm 
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You must suspect that you will not get a yes or no as the answer.

Vowel shift is a peculiarity of English that developed as a historical change which affected only long vowels. Before this change English had ``normal'' long--short alternations, like [ke:p]~[kept] (cf. Hungarian kéz~kezet). Long vowels then changed, e.g., [e:] turned into [i:], short ones did not. Thus present-day English carries with it hundreds of morphologically related pairs of words where one has [i:] the other has [e]. Phonetically, this pairing is unnatural, it is hardly likely that one could be derived from the other. (In fact, the shortening rules of present-day English, like pre-fortis clipping, do not produce vowel shift, but unfortunately we do not have convincing alternations, since this is a lexical rule: there is no such shortening in, e.g., the first syllable of teatime.) The neat way out of this, i.e., if we do not want to derive [e] form [i:], or the other way around, is to claim that keep and kept are suppletive forms, although their relationship is easier to recognize than that of go~went.

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 Post subject: vowel shift
PostPosted: Sat Dec 13, 2008 10:46 pm 
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I'm interested whether this phenomenon, vowel shift, exists or it is just a suppletivism. Thank you for your help in advance.


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