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  • n. Plural form of fricative.


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  • I'll tell you what it doth profit as soon as I can untie my tongue from these frigging fricatives.

    Releasing Your Inner Bigfoot

  • McWhorter discusses several lines of evidence, including Proto-Germanic's substitution of fricatives for stop consonants (compare English's father with Latin's pater), its tendency to put verbs into the past tense by simply changing the vowel (e.g. drink/drank), and its extreme simplification of the IE case system.

    The line between cranks and scholars

  • Aside from the fact that ejective fricatives like /sʼ/ are uncommon in languages, this doesn't even fit the phonologies of the surrounding area where the only thing remotely similar might be the Semitic pharyngeal series.

    A new value for Minoan 'd'

  • They could take on breath but remain voiceless; both voice and delayed breath; only voice; or full voice and aspiration at consonant onset, resulting in voiced fricatives.

    PIE "look-alike stems" - Evidence of something or a red herring?

  • Frisian has an almost complete set of guttural/velar, dental/alveolar, labial/labiodental consonants voiced and unvoiced plosives, voiced and unvoiced fricatives, nasals and half-vocals, an s, sh, r and l.

    The etymology of Latin tofus 'tufa' isn't written in stone

  • Nothing tangible at all in the classical linguistic corpus suggests to us that chi is even occasionally a fricative in the Etruscan language, although I've spoken about the probability that velar fricatives existed word-internally in a more ancient stage of Pre-Etruscan some time ago see Paleoglot: The loss of mediofinal 'h' in Pre-Proto-Etruscan.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Many languages have bilabial fricatives such as Irish, Andalusian and Japanese.

    Archive 2009-05-01

  • Frisian voiced and unvoiced dental fricatives only in loans, mostly from English.

    The etymology of Latin tofus 'tufa' isn't written in stone

  • In eastern Bantu languages, it is commonplace for proto-Bantu bilabial stops voiced and voiceless to change into labiodental fricatives before close high u and/or i, and I do believe – though this needs to be checked – that in some of these languages, these fricatives are in fact bilabials themselves.

    Concern trolls and the Etruscan bilabial 'f'

  • Yes, bilabial fricatives should be unsurprising, but Etruscan u-triggered lenition is however not common knowledge, so even if you personally don't find that interesting, others certainly will.

    Concern trolls and the Etruscan bilabial 'f'


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