Why does the OE form "byrht" appear? OE should have beorht (West Saxon) or berht (Anglian). Is it Kentish form or what? also byrc, fyht

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    Old English is a lot less uniform than you appear to give it credit for. Anglian was itself sub-divided into three major dialects (Mercian, Northumbrian, and East Anglian), and all dialects varied over time. I know Late West Saxon underwent a shift of /iy/ > /y/, I wonder if the /eo/ of beorht could have ended up raising to /iy/ in some varieties of West Saxon, going on to become byrht through monophthongisation
    – Tristan
    Mar 22 at 17:26
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    @Tristan There were both *-ī and -derivatives of *berht- (e.g., bierhtu), which would be likely to raise the vowel more or less everywhere. The raised vowel could then be carried through to the base word analogically as a variant form. Mar 22 at 23:12

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