fout(re) > hoot(er)

Rudolph C Troike rtroike at U.ARIZONA.EDU
Thu Aug 31 05:55:52 UTC 2000

Some plausibility is added to this derivation by the fact that [f] > [h]
is a well-known sound change in Romance (filio: hijo, ferrocarril:
hierro, to cite Spanish examples). As Chomsky and Halle pointed out, the
acoustic similarities of labials and velars makes them subject to
interchange (cf. the history of English /x/ in "laugh"). The change could
have occurred in a regional variety of French (Norman French?) or in the
process of transmission from French to English.


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