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Re: Sound changes giving rise to dental fricatives

From:Thomas R. Wier <trwier@...>
Date:Saturday, August 21, 2004, 4:56
Peter Bleackley wrote:
> What kind of sound changes can give rise to dental fricatives? I can > imagine [T] arising from [t], [s] and possibly even [f] and [D] from the > corresponding voiced sounds, but in what environments would this be likely > (apart from Greece)?
I don't have my book on the historical phonology of Algonquian in front of me, but IIRC in Arapaho the phoneme /T/ arose from the voiceless lateral fricative /K/. I believe in some other Algonquian languages, an even earlier /T/ became /n/! ========================================================================= Thomas Wier "I find it useful to meet my subjects personally, Dept. of Linguistics because our secret police don't get it right University of Chicago half the time." -- octogenarian Sheikh Zayed of 1010 E. 59th Street Abu Dhabi, to a French reporter. Chicago, IL 60637