from Wiktionary, Creative Commons Attribution/Share-Alike License
- n. A sound change in which a consonant becomes more fortis.
- n. casual choice; fortuitous selection; hazard
from the GNU version of the Collaborative International Dictionary of English
- n. Casual choice; fortuitous selection; hazard.
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The principle of trusting to chance; fortuitous selection.
Sorry, no etymologies found.
The fortition of laryngeals before the sibilant is just commonsense linguistics and doesn't require a more fanciful explanation beyond that.
Tropylium: "An idea that intrigues me would be non-compensatory lengthening based on foot type considerations, similar to the theory of gradation by fortition proposed for Finno-Samic."
An idea that intrigues me would be non-compensatory lengthening based on foot type considerations, similar to the theory of gradation by fortition proposed for Finno-Samic.
The sound change would be sporadic but not without credible phonetic motivation since the height of the vowel e and the preceding palatal l which is naturally +high as well might have lacked sufficient saliency for speakers to maintain without further fortition of the preceding m.
Both gemination and creaky phonation are a form of fortition.
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