great vowel shift
noun Usage: often capitalized G&V&S Date: 1909 a change in pronunciation of the long vowels of Middle English that began in the 15th century and continued into the 16th century in which the high vowels were diphthongized and the other vowels were raised

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  • Great Vowel Shift — Ling. a series of changes in the quality of the long vowels between Middle and Modern English as a result of which all were raised, while the high vowels /ee/ and /ooh/, already at the upper limit, underwent breaking to become the diphthongs /uy/ …   Useful english dictionary

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  • Great Vowel Shift — Ling. a series of changes in the quality of the long vowels between Middle and Modern English as a result of which all were raised, while the high vowels /ee/ and /ooh/, already at the upper limit, underwent breaking to become the diphthongs /uy/ …   Universalium

  • Great Vowel Shift — noun the, a sound change which altered the pronunciations of the long vowels of English over the centuries covering late Middle English and into early Modern English periods; it is responsible for the difference between the English and… …   Australian English dictionary

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  • Great English Vowel Shift — Great English Vowel Shift, = Great Vowel Shift. (Cf. ↑Great Vowel Shift) …   Useful english dictionary

  • Vowel shift — A vowel shift is a systematic sound change in the pronunciation of the vowel sounds of a language.The best known example in the English language is the Great Vowel Shift, which began in the 15th century.Other examples of ongoing vowel shifts are… …   Wikipedia

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