Section 10

Consonant Clusters

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Note. Chaucer's consonants were mostly the same as those used in Modern English. The treatment of consonant clusters differed however, as did the customs regarding initial h , for example.

'kn' and 'cn', as in 'acne'

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knight

knowen

knyf

 

'gn' (initial)

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gnawen

gnof

 

'ng'

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singen

yonge

 

'wh'

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what

whan

which

 

'kn', 'cn', 'gn' (initial), 'ng', 'wh' Consonant Cluster Sentence Examples

Whilom ther was dwellynge at Oxenford

A riche gnof, that gestes heeld to bord

(MilT 3187)

 

With knotty, knarry, bareyne trees olde

(KnT 1977)