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I wrote:
>The sound of that initial has gone back and forth, I think.
>
>    /fr/ > /vr/  (voice assimilation)
>    /vr/ > /fr/  (fricative devoicing)
>    /fr/ > /f_v/  (initial fricative voicing)

That last one should probably be /fr/ > [f_vr].  Oops.

     *Muke!