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Nik Taylor wrote:
>John Laury wrote:
> > I've realized
> > that (at least to my own knowledge) no writing systems
> > in existence actually do that.
>
>Japanese does!  Well, not the nasal part, but Japanese kana has a
>diacritic that indicates voicing.  Thus, "ka" plus that diacritic makes
>"ga".  The "h" series becomes "b" with the voicing mark, but that's
>because in Old Japanese, what is now "h" was /p/.  They've since
>invented another diacritic, traditionally called the "half-voiced mark"
>to show "p" from "h".

From what did these new "p"s arose, or are they just found in loans?

                                          Andreas

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