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A fricative is a consonant produced by forcing air through a narrow channel made by placing two articulators close together.

Sound Changes


Fricatives usually develop from plosives under the following conditions:

  • / #_C in Avestan
  • / _# in Gothic
  • / V_V in Irish

When a language distinguishes aspirated and unaspirated plosives, either series might become a fricative (the former occured in Greek, the later in Germanic).