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The historical development of the vowels ē and ō and their allophones in the Jewish dialect of Baghdad

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The vowels ē and ō in the Jewish dialect of Baghdad (JB) mostly originate from diphthongs. When unstressed they are realized in certain cases as i and u, whereas in others they are realized as short e and o. This article aims to sketch the diachronic development of ē and ō in JB, as well as to explain the mechanism that dictates the choice of their different allophones in an unstressed position.

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