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I am interested in the phenomenon of h-dropping of the initial h. Are there any studies showing what vowels would be most likely to cause the h to be dropped?

asked 2016-03-07 15:08:30 -0400

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I did find one essay by Angelika Lutz in which she notes that certain surrounding phonemes will have an effect on the likelihood of the h being dropped, but I do not think she addresses the effect of the following vowel sound. The essay was in Luick Revisited, a collection of conference paper published in 1985.

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answered 2016-03-31 10:41:36 -0400

It hardly ever occurs as such, but is preceded by a historical stage of aspiration, as in Latin f- (Still present in Asturian or Portuguese nowadays) shifting to h- (Castilian up to Garcilaso de la Vega's time, more or less) and then deleting (as in current Spanish).

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