1

What is the name of Germanic n > m near f / Greek ν > μ near π transformation?

4
  • 9
    It's just assimilation. The nasal acquires the labial characteristic of the stop.
    – Cairnarvon
    Mar 7 at 13:44
  • 6
    More specifically, nasal place assimilation.
    – Miztli
    Mar 7 at 14:56
  • 2
    I'm not sure why someone VTC'd as opinion-based; whether or not this is a good question, "assimilation" is standard terminology.
    – Draconis
    Mar 7 at 18:02
  • 1
    @Draconis indeed, it's neither opinion-based nor does it need details or clarity. It might not be a great question, but it has a very direct and definite answer. Given I don't know all that much about linguistics, I spend most of my time here voting on question closures, and I am often quite appalled by what I see.
    – LjL
    Mar 7 at 19:47
7

This is assimilation of place, where one sound changes its place of articulation to match an adjacent sound. It's very common cross-linguistically, e.g. Latin in- + par > impar "unequal", or Swahili ny- + -bwa > mbwa "dog".

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service, privacy policy and cookie policy

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.