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Initial Position

All vowels may appear in initial position in both ST and LT, but there is one major difference between LT and ST in that high short vowels ( i and u) when followed by a single consonant and the vowel a, are replaced by e and o respectively. I.e., the high vowels are lowered to mid-vowel position, if they occur in the first syllable. (They may be preceded by a consonant, but are not required to be.) This means that there are no words in ST that now begin with short high vowels followed by a single consonant and the vowel a or ai (which in ST usually is replaced by e).

Note that in these forms, LT final ai's all become e.



Harold_F.Schiffman