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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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What's the difference between 'voiceless' and 'unaspirated'?

There may or may not be any difference! As you say, both voicing and aspiration are extremes of voice onset time. Plenty of languages distinguish consonants based on VOT, and most of those languages ...
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What's this linguistic phenomenon in English speaking?

It is called phonetic reduction and it is not restricted to the English language and its dialects. It appears universally in environments where some word is very probable to appear (i.e., it has a low ...
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What makes linguolabial consonants rare?

It's for the same reason that English doesn't have true interdentals in everyday speech. Teeth are hard and sharp. Tongues are soft and easily injured. One hard knock to the chin whilst pronouncing ...
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