February 9, 2023

FEB 9, exemplification: ablauts and verb past-tenses


Authors' Note: Ablaut (AHB-lowt) is a linguistic term, derived from German, for a vowel transition resulting in a change in word meaning. Such changes are the basis of the simple past tense and the past participle in a substantial proportion of irregular English verbs, as exemplified in the second verse. Further discussion is found hereherehere, and elsewhere.

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