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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.
However, the quality of this sound, which is usually represented by the grapheme <e> in the Vespasian Psalter and other Mercian texts, was slightly different from the one derived from Germanic e, as can be seen from the subsequent levelling of West-Saxon ae and Mercian e (from West Germanic a) during the twelfth century (Campbell 1959: 62-64).