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Old English and Final Obstruent Devoicing[adiht]

Ƿes þu hal, Stardsen.

I noticed that at land, you changed the transcription for OE land to /lɑnt/, changing the /d/ to /t/. Though I see that you accidentally changed it to the transcription of another word before changing it to /lɑnt/, so I wonder: was changing the /d/ to /t/ a mistake or intentional?

I don't recall reading anything that says that OE has final obstruent devoicing like how Modern German has it. Though, I am aware of final [ɣ]s sometimes shifting to [x]s (burg ~ burh) and the development of words like þēof and forms like sealf (as opposed to forms like salb, which perhaps show the possibilty of final [β ~ v] at one point in what can be called OE; we also see forms like hræbn instead of hræfn). Other that, the idea seems odd to me. Perhaps you've read something that says otherwise?

What say you?

Espreon (talk) 04:35, 25 Wēodmōnaþ 2013 (UTC)

No sorry it was an error, this was for Old Saxon... --Stardsen (talk) 00:43, 2 Winterfylleþ 2013 (UTC)