English-language Vowel Changes Before Historic /r/

English-language Vowel Changes Before Historic /r/

In the phonological history of the English language, vowels followed (or formerly followed) by the phoneme /r/ have undergone a number of phonological changes. In recent centuries, most or all of these changes have involved merging of vowel distinctions.

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