consonant shift


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con′sonant shift`


n.
a set of changes taking place in the articulation of one or more consonant phonemes between an earlier and a later stage of a language, as the shift by which Germanic languages became differentiated from other Indo-European languages.
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Thus Hogg refers to Luick when discussing palatalisation (260-261,263,275), assibilation (272), assibilation of [sc] (271), fricative voicing (283-284), development of velars (289), gemination (294), consonant loss (297), epenthesis (298), assimilation (300-301), and consonant shifts (306).
if their language had no aspirated stops (like the "pu" in pull), but did have voiced fricatives (like the "f" in fish), they might have changed IE aspirated stops to voiced fricatives, setting the whole system of consonant shifts in motion.