But it is only now that I have learned that it is called rhotacism
- which means that Ross (Wossy to his intimates) and his fellow-sufferers can't say it.
They included rhotacism
, characteristic of the whole Northwest Germanic subbranch, the West Germanic voicing of the dental fricative *[theta] and its subsequent occlusion in clusters with a nasal and a liquid (l[theta] > ld, n[theta] > nd), as well as voicing of medial voiceless fricatives (f, [theta], s), and finally, loss of the voiceless velar fricative *[chi] in medial position.
25) The name a-na-zi+ri/a (26) is unlikely to be identical with Anaziti, because rhotacism
would not be expected in this period.
Ross speaks with a Rhotacism
, causing him to pronounce the consonant 'r' like a 'w,' which has led to the British tabloid newspapers dubbing him 'Wossy'.
The following chapter is in turn an attempt to train the reader to unearth the fossilized allomorphy in that it introduces the further, less transparent allomorphic phenomena such as ablaut, rhotacism
and metathesis as well as two types of cognates, i.
of *z > *r, palatalization of velars before front vocalics, etc.