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How did Ancient Greek 'πυρ' become English 'fire?'

As jlawer says, English "fire" doesn't actually come from Greek pŷr. "Pyre" does, but that's a borrowing (via Latin), and it's pretty clear how it happened. Instead, English and Greek share a common ...
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How did Ancient Greek 'πυρ' become English 'fire?'

English fire is not derived from Greek πυρ. Both fire and πυρ come originally from the Proto-Indo-European root *paəwr̥. Greek simplified the *aəw vowel sequence to /ū/, but kept the consonants. Proto-...
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Is a lateral plosive a thing?

This is basically a terminological problem. It is sometimes said that there are no lateral plosives, because you don't see any lateral plosive letter in the IPA row for plosives. Plosives are ...
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Are there languages with contrasting unvoiced aspirated, unaspirated, and ejective stops?

This is quite common. I would argue that that Georgian pattern is almost the same thing as the aspirated-unvoiced-ejective pattern. This variant where the plain stop is voiced occurs frequently in ...
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Is the Alveolar Tap the Same as a Very Brief Alveolar Plosive?

The articulatory distinction between plosives and taps/flaps is that in plosives, the articulator (the tongue or lips) is held against the place of articulation for some time; pressure builds, and is ...
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Is a lateral plosive a thing?

Coincidentally, the page of Preliminaries to Linguistic Phonetics (1971) by Peter Ladefoged that I cited recently in my answer to Is there a voiced-unvoiced pair for R or L in any language? actually ...
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