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EtymologyEdit

A term coined by A. Stērste in 1879, from balss (voice) +‎ skan(ēt) (to sound) (by analogy with Latin vōcālis (voiced)), which competed with, and was later replaced by, A. Kronvalds coinage patskanis.[1]

NounEdit

balsskanis f (4th declension)

  1. (obsolete term) vowel

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ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Karulis, Konstantīns (1992), “patskanis”, in Latviešu Etimoloģijas Vārdnīca (in Latvian), Rīga: AVOTS, ISBN 9984-700-12-7