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Spurious Fs' spawning

There is, to the best of my knowledge, no commonly attested general process by which /f/ spawns in the initial position of a word. Or differently stated, this is not a regular sound change. Rather, ...
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Spurious Fs' spawning

I don’t think there is such a thing as a ‘general’ way that initial f spawns, cross-linguistically, so a general answer is probably not possible, but answers for individual languages are, such as this ...
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Distinction between Chemistry and Alchemy in Arabic and Farsi languages

Kimiya (کیمیا) is the Persian word for the attempt of turning tin and copper to silver or gold, or finding the elixir. Today in Persian, Kimiya is only used in a metaphoric sense in the literature for ...
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Is there any modern language that is currently shifting from one stage to the next in Jespersen's cycle?

Welsh is around the same point as French, or maybe slightly further. Literary Welsh retains the original negative particle. Ni chafodd ef ddim syndod Not received he not surprise but everyday Welsh ...
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What language has the longest word for 'no' and 'yes'?

I just wanted to point out that "no" in Swahili is hapana, not hakuna. Both are structurally identical, differing only in the class of the subject prefix. Class 16, with pa- generally refers ...
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Why did some conquerors change the region's language and others didn't?

Here are some factors I think could explain many cases, but as noted in the comments, the actual historic cases might be better answered by asking in History SE. Number of Conquerors A simple factor ...
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