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LINGUIST List 21.920

Wed Feb 24 2010

Qs: /f/ to /theta/ Sound Changes

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        1.    Ryan Bennett, /f/ to /theta/ Sound Changes

Message 1: /f/ to /theta/ Sound Changes
Date: 22-Feb-2010
From: Ryan Bennett <rbennettucsc.edu>
Subject: /f/ to /theta/ Sound Changes
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I've been working on a project involving perceptual confusability
between /f/ and /theta/ in various contexts. One of the starting points of
this project was the observation that diachronic /theta/ to /f/ sound
changes are well-attested (e.g. many current world Englishes), but /f/
to /theta/ sound changes seem to be non-existent.

So, I'm curious whether anyone knows of any examples of a diachronic
/f/ > /theta/ change, in any phonological environment. I would also be
interested to hear about any synchronic /f/ ~ /theta/ dialect variation,
where /f/ has become /theta/ in the innovative dialect.

Many thanks,
-Ryan Bennett

Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics

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