Talk:Middle English phonology

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Should this page maybe have a table that shows what letters represented each sound? I think that might be useful. 70.23.230.14 (talk) 18:13, 3 October 2010 (UTC)

That's a good idea, I'll see about adding it. Benwing (talk) 06:56, 4 October 2010 (UTC)

'path'/ 'paths' example in Open-syllable lengthening[edit]

I don't understand the path /paths example in Open-syllable lengthening. The vowel in these is long surely, at least to my ears as an Australian English speaker, yet the article contrasts it with whale/ whales, which is long too.

Marquetry28 (talk) 14:02, 21 November 2015 (UTC)

The lengthening of the vowel in path(s) (in some accents) is a much later development (see trap-bath split). In Middle English times it would still have been short. W. P. Uzer (talk) 14:25, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
The original length distinction of Middle English is reflected today in a quality distinction. The vowels of path and whale have very different sounds; the first of these reflects an original short vowel, while the latter reflects an original long vowel. CodeCat (talk) 19:05, 21 November 2015 (UTC)
       Thanks W. P. Uzer Marquetry28 (talk) 09:44, 22 November 2015 (UTC)

Schwa[edit]

Middle English phonology § Reduction and loss of unstressed vowels mentions the schwa /ə/, spelled as e, as a phoneme in Early Middle English, but it isn't listed in the table of monophthongs. — Eru·tuon 07:50, 30 August 2016 (UTC)

Done. Mr KEBAB (talk) 17:08, 30 August 2016 (UTC)