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Tristan Alexander McLeay wrote:
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> This led me to thinking about OE /a:/ to ME things.
>
> OE /a:n/ became PDE /wVn/, presumably via ME /O:n/ (judging by its
> spelling). Does anyone know why?
> OE /hwa:m/ became PDE /hu:m/, presumably via ME /hwo:m/
> OE /na:m/ became PDE /neim/
>
> And yet the general given sound change is OE /a:/ > ME /O:/ > PDE [log in to unmask]
> Is the 'Why?' known?

Dialects, I believe.  IIRC, /a:/ -> /o:/ was a Southern change, certain
words were then reborrowed from Northern dialects where that change did
not occur.

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