Theiling Online    Sitemap    Conlang Mailing List HQ   

Sound Change /bs/ > /f/ ?

From:Santiago Matías Feldman <iskun20@...>
Date:Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 16:07
Hi all,

As the title suggests, my question is: Do you know if
the sound change /bs/ > /f/ exists in any context?

Especially, I'm interested in the context of /bs/
before another consonant.

I'm asking this because I've noticed that my mother,
being an educated speaker, tends to produce a /f/
instead of /bs/ in words like "obstáculo" and
"abstracto", which gives her Spanish language a very
odd touch when pronouncing that kind of words,
creating very rare clusters like /ft/.

As I'm working on my romlang Laturslav, I'm thinking
of introducing this sound change from Latin to
Laturslav: /bs/ > /f/ before consonants, especially
before plosives.

Latin "obscurus" > Laturs. "ofkur"

Of course, I'm aware that many of those words are
learned words in Romance languages, so the change
should have been applied artificially in analogy of
the same change in non-learned words, but the idea
looks interesting to me.

Is this change plausible? Does it exist in other

Thanks in advance,


Preguntá. Respondé. Descubrí.
Todo lo que querías saber, y lo que ni imaginabas,
está en Yahoo! Respuestas (Beta).
¡Probalo ya!


David J. Peterson <dedalvs@...>
Roger Mills <rfmilly@...>
Dirk Elzinga <dirk.elzinga@...>