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What does WS stand for?

WS stands for West-Saxon (linguistics)

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Although the analysis focuses essentially on the West-Saxon standard, it does not totally neglect dialectal diversification, being supplemented with frequent references to non-West-Saxon dialects (in fact a separate extensive section deals at length with Old English dialectal characteristics (see below)), Chapter Three then traces the external history of Old English, covering not only the period of the very early Germanic settlement on the island but goes back to the pre-Germanic colonisation era.
Though headwords arc supposed to be given in late West-Saxon form (where attested), and in the earlier form if there are two lW-S spellings, this is not always the case, as the Anglian headword eodor (with back mutation before a dental, but attested WS <edor>) and the later lW-S headword d-bicgan (with rounding of y>i, but attested <abycgan>) demonstrate.
The West-Saxon Old English use of the graphic sequence <ie> has been the subject of so much controversy (with respect to, for instance, the phonetic quality of the i-mutated diphthongs so represented, the signification of <ie> following graphs representing palatal consonants, as well as its putative representation of either monosyllabic or disyllabic phones: see below) that the reader may well sigh at the prospect of yet another foray into its interpretation.