One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
- ‘The inspiration for the setup was the Greek Consonant Shift, where voiced and voiceless-aspirated stops spirantized but voiceless unaspirated stops remained unchanged.’
- ‘Since there is no voiced bilabial fricative in English, when you spirantize a [b] in English you often get [v].’
- ‘As a result, the endings are spirantized since they now follow directly on a vowel sound.’
- ‘For example, we hold that a language where consonants spirantize in Codas and in the Strong position, but not intervocalically, is not human.’
- ‘But they did not participate in the later spirantizing and deaffrication processes that characterize the consonant systems of the recorded Iranian languages.’
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