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- noun Plural form of
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In any case the compound seems to be later than OE in which all intervocalic or spirants were voiced.
There was a common factor in the change of p to f, of t to þ, and of k to h, namely, that the unvoiced plosives had become spirants, while retaining the same place of articulation.
The spirants thorn and eth are represented by _th_ and _d_, as being more familiar to readers unacquainted with the original.
The Edda, Volume 1 The Divine Mythology of the North, Popular Studies in Mythology, Romance, and Folklore, No. 12
Examples of such spirants or fricatives, as they are called, are s and z and y.
The raising of English long o to u and of long e to i, for instance, was part of a general tendency to raise the position of the long vowels, just as the change of t to ss in Old High German was part of a general tendency to make voiceless spirants of the old voiceless stopped consonants.
The vowels tend to become higher or lower, the diphthongs tend to coalesce into monophthongs, the voiceless consonants tend to become voiced, stops tend to become spirants.
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Do not go for anti-per spirants which tend to promise good results in a natural way.
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bilby commented on the word spirants
I feel odd about tagging. It gives me little satisfaction.
July 14, 2008
chained_bear commented on the word spirants
I feel odd about this word, which I've read at least three times in the comment list now as spraints.
July 14, 2008