Dan. [ea]

Dan. [ea]

This diphthong may have appeared only in the Ossiriandic dialect. First, primitive [ǣ] became [ea] in Ossiriandic, though in the Comparative Tables it was marked as a long diphthong ēa (PE19/25). Furthermore, it seems that [a] became [ea] before clusters of consonants beginning with [r] or [l], as with ealc < ᴹ✶alkwā (Ety/ÁLAK). This change is the same as the vowel-breaking process in the Old English language that inspired Ossiriandic, so it may have been limited to Ossiriandic as well.

Reference ✧ PE19/25 ✧ ēa

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Phonetic Development

Dan. [ǣ] became [ea] in Ossiriandic ea < ǣ ✧ PE19/25 (†ǣ > ēa)