By William Pierce Shephard
From the INTRODUCTION.
In all languages owning a good built expiratory accessory there's chanced on a bent to weaken the syllables which stand at the decrease levels of accentuation. The power dedicated to the construction of the syllable on which the primary accessory rests makes beneficial a discount within the strength of the expiration of the opposite syllables of the notice. The vowels of those syllables then convey a lack of sonority; and are prone to be lowered to that caliber which calls for the smallest amount of expiratory strength for his or her articulation. purely that half is left that is totally useful for the life of the syllable. Or, in different circumstances, the aid may match nonetheless farther. Then the weaker syllables disappear fullyyt; the strength as soon as expended on their construction is going to swell the strain given to the extra hugely accented syllables, and so they lose their self sustaining life. to monitor the influence of those traits, we have now merely to check a language with a chromatic—or musical—accent with one owning a robust expiratory rigidity. within the former, all of the vowels are articulated noticeably and usually preserved via lengthy classes of improvement; within the latter, they're first lowered in strength, their articulation is slurred or hasty, they usually frequently disappear completely. for instance, in historical Greek, which had unquestionably a tone-accent, there are virtually no examples of the syncope of unaccented vowels. the single instances of loss are as a result of next contraction of 2 vowels status in hiatus after the outfall of an intervocal j or w. yet within the Teutonic department, however, the vowels of the unaccented syllables are always weakened; from the earliest interval this tendency will be saw, and its operation is unchecked at this time day. In sleek English those vowels are regularly slurred in pronunciation, and are often weakened to the so-called '' irrational'' vowel (the sound of u in but), that's repeatedly an insignificant voice-glide, with no made up our minds articulation.
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A contribution to the history of the unaccented vowels in Old French by William Pierce Shephard