On the origins of x in Slavic

Title: On the origins of x in Slavic
Source document: Linguistica Brunensia. 2013, vol. 61, iss. 1-2, pp. [121]-128
  • ISSN
    1803-7410 (print)
    2336-4440 (online)
Type: Article
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This paper focuses on three regular sources of x in the Slavic languages. Beside the well-known source Pedersen's Law, there are two minor regular sources, namely the clusters *sk and *kH2. Especially the last source is the only remaining proof of secondary "voiceless aspirates" in Balto-Slavic, since all other clusters of voiceless stop + laryngeal disappeared without a trace in Balto-Slavic. Slavic x is thus heir to three regular independent processes, which merged into a single result. This resulting x was later supported by loanwords and onomatopoeic words, but none of those secondary sources is relevant, as they are not part of the system for x given by those three above-mentioned regular processes.