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Why does PIE *ǵn̥h₁tós yield Latin nātus?

In earlier Latin the adjective was gnātus preserving the *ǵ as g, but by the classical Latin period g was regularly lost word-initially before n (cf also Classical Latin nōscō for earlier gnōscō) As ...
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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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