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English (Old)

(England; Indo-European, West Germanic)

Summary:
a. sp underwent metathesis to ps in late Old English.
b. Medial sk often underwent metathesis to ks in late West Saxon.
Examples:
a. ps > sp in late Old English

cops
>
cosp
'fetter, bond'
wlips
>
wlisp
'lisping'

b. Medial sk in Old English > ks in late West Saxon

fiscas
>
fixas
'fishes'
wascan
>
waxan
'to wash'
Conditions:
No information currently available.
Motivation:
See Steriade (2001) regarding a perceptually-based account of stop-fricative metathesis.
Related Information:
No information currently available.
Symbols:
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Last Updated: 6/20/2007
References:
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