Definition of vowel shift in English:
1A phonetic change in a vowel or vowels.
- Observations suggest that some Australians may be following the NZ lead in the vowel shift, but the pattern appears to be increasing divergence from the old near-identity.
- I can accept that cks could become x, but why the vowel shift?
- All of these languages are characterized by a highly inflected grammar, meaning that grammatical structure is indicated by prefixes, suffixes, vowel shifts, and other changes of words within a sentence.
1.1 (the Great Vowel Shift) A series of changes between medieval and modern English affecting the long vowels of the standard language.
- The Great Vowel Shift is something of a mystery, and linguists have been unable to account for why it took place.
- When the Great Vowel Shift took place, the vowels rose upward, pushing the next higher vowel into the slot above.
- English had genuine ‘long vowels’ until the Great Vowel Shift between 1400 and 1600.
Definition of vowel shift in:
- British & World English dictionary
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