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- n. The (study of the) consonant sounds of a language
from The Century Dictionary and Cyclopedia
- n. The consonantal sounds of a language collectively considered, or their special character; pronunciation or phonology of consonants.
While the consonantism for the Semitic verb "to know" is normally reconstructed as *ydʕ, Old Canaanite Cuneiform Texts of the Third Millennium 1979 speaks on the uncertainty of the root's form on page 193, footnote 11: "It is not clear whether to reconstruct w or y as the initial consonant of the Proto-Semitic root."
In fact, one might even say that deletion is less preferable than metathesis because the former process destroys the inherited consonantism and can reduce intelligibility.
The statistical chances of something like this being coincidental i.e. the phonetically coherent ablaut pervading the numeral system in clockwork fashion and the common consonantism between all pairs while simultaneously showing a conscious mathematical pattern of doubling are too comically insignificant to entertain.
And yes, I am still getting used to superfluous consonantism, which I reckon occurs to make one's band name distinct via Google.
*kʷetwárχ kámtχ 'four tens'I think this accounts for the data better and may help us move forward with the origins of the IE numerals because it's simply not necessarily the case that the decadic ending and the word for 'ten' must have exactly the same consonantism.