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1 “A very probable account is that -m was reduced through the lips not being closed to pronounce it. If, instead of closing the lips all that were done were to drop the uvula, a nasal sound would be given to the following initial vowel, so that fine onerat would be pronounced finewonerat with a nasalized o.” Lindsay, Lat. Langu. p. 62. It is this sound which Quintilian describes as almost the sound of a new letter.
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