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Here are some examples, with equivalent present-day pronunciations, for the most part as in Received Pronunciation and General American. In some cases, marked with a double asterisk **, the present-day pronunciation given is that found in Modern Scots, which has not developed the slightly confusing diphthongal sounds found in southern English prestigious accents. ME [i ] [e ] [ε ] [a ] [u ] [o ] [ɔ ] PDE [a] [i ] [i ] [e ]** [aυ] [u ] [o ]** PDE example LIFE MEET MEAT NAME, TAKE HOW, TOWN MOOD BOAT, HOME ME example [li f] lyf, lif [me tən] meten [mε tə] mete [na mə, ta k] name, taak [hu , tu n] how, toun [mo d] mo(o)d [bɔ t, hɔ m] bo(o)t, ho(o)m 02 pages 001-184 29/1/03 16:27 Page 49 SPELLINGS AND SOUNDS 49 The regular distinctions between ME and PDE pronunciations of long vowels may be noted.

Advanced students will also find useful the collection of important papers brought together in Laing (1989). Most of the comprehensive histories of the language contain discussions of the rise of written standard English, but students should also consult the seminal papers of Samuels (1963 [reprinted with corrections 1989], 1981) and Benskin (1992). g. 1984, 1996) derive in part from Samuels’ work, but have been severely criticised; a new comprehensive discussion, by Benskin, is currently in progress.

Moreover, new texts in English were also composed, increasingly so as the ME period developed. At first, such texts were written in Late WS, but, as Anglo-Saxon traditions died out, scribes began to develop local writing-systems, reworking conventions not only derived from Anglo-Saxon tradition but also Latin and French. At least one daring experimentalist, Orm, used a few letter-forms which he seems to have invented himself. These local systems, though deriving from inherited systems, were (very broadly) designed to reflect a local phonology with a local graphology.

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