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Compensatory lengthening

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  1. in phonology and historical linguistics is the lengthening of a vowel sound that happens upon the loss of a following consonant, usually in the syllable coda

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  2. This may be considered an extreme form of fusion (Crowley 1997:46)

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  3. An example from the history of English is the lengthening of vowels that happened when the voiceless palatal fricative (IPA: /ç/) and its allophone (IPA: [x]) were lost

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  4. For example, in Chaucer's time the word night was pronounced (IPA: /niçt/)

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  5. later the (IPA: /ç/) was lost, but the (IPA: /i/) was lengthened to (IPA: /iː/) to compensate. (Later the (IPA: /iː/) became (IPA: /aɪ/) by the Great Vowel Shift.) Both the Germanic spirant law and the Ingvaeonic nasal spirant law show vowel leng

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