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Re: Tendencies of Sound Changes?

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Sunday, April 2, 2006, 12:32
Roger Mills wrote:
>Another change that's very common: s > h (>0)
I'm not sure what you mean by that. x > h, for example, is much more probable. Universal loss of s, to my knowledge, generally requires all other fricatives to have withered away already.
> > One thing that's fairly safe to say is that out of the six "basic >stops", > > only /p g/ are prone to loss by fricativization. > >I think we could enlarge that to labial and velar stops generally /p b k >g/.
By "loss" I mean the loss of the whole phoneme, while leaving the rest of the stops in place. I thought Samoan was the only language completely lacking /k/? Also, are there any languages that have deleted /b/ without deleting /p/ or /d g/ too? But if you mean that /t d/ may resist _selective_ lenition, yes, that seems more plausible. John Vertical


Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Nik Taylor <yonjuuni@...>