compensatory lengthening

noun Historical Linguistics.
the lengthening of a vowel when a following consonant is weakened or lost, as the change from Old English niht [nikht] to night [nahyt] with loss of [kh] and lengthening of [i] to a vowel that eventually became [ahy] . Unabridged
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