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  1. In Old English the word OE cild was pronounced with a short i. Due to the homorganic consonant group “ld”, the short i was lengthened to a long i. The Great Vowel Shift only affected long vowels. So that the long i shifted to /ai/.
    In the word children, this did not happen, because of its syllables. The syllables for children are chil – dren. Therefore, there was no homorganic consonant group in the first syllable. Therefore, the vowel was not lengthened and was as a result not affected by the GVS.

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