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you're half right

Posted by Tyrone Slothrop on Saturday, July 24 2021 at 3:49:19PM
In reply to Euh, I don't know what to answer to that... posted by griffith on Saturday, July 24 2021 at 3:32:26PM

In Ottoman times it was often known as Stambul, although Europeans continued to say Constantinople.

nb->mb is just a run of the mill assimilation. It's very hard to pronounce [nb] (alveolar nasal + bilabial stop) and very easy to pronounce [mb] (bilabial nasal + bilabial stop).

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