divoicing in plural formation

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There is a long-standing tradition in phonology of regarding the widespread process in a final obstruent devoicing as a form of hardening or strengthening. The voicing is an alternation found in plural

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divoicingCLASS SESSION:OCTOBER 26TH, 2013EssayThere is a long-standing tradition in phonology of regarding the widespread process in a final obstruent devoicing as a form of hardening or strengthening. The voicing is an alternation found in plural formation is losing ground in the modern language, and of the alternations ,many speakers retain only the f and v pattern, which is supported by theorthography. This voicing is a relic of Old English; the unvoiced consonants between voiced vowels were 'colored' with voicing. As the language became more analytic and less inflectional, final vowels/syllables stopped being pronounced. For example, a modern knifeis a one syllable word instead of a two syllable word, with the vowel 'e' not being pronounced. However, the voicing alternation betweenfandvstill occurs. Explaining deeper we can tell that devoicing is actually two p

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