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I'm afraid the answer is no. All these changes happened within English; trisyllabic laxing is a purely English change. For example, the vowel lengths in Latin are dēcīdō and dēcīsiōnem: the relevant vowel is long in both. The Latin vowel length, note, is very seldom relevant in English. When a Latinate word appears in English, it usually came through Romance ...


decido and decisio(nem) both have a long i in the second syllable. I do not understand why you think these words are evidence for a "trisyllabic laxing" in Latin.

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