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comment Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
@Pablo: I can’t get much more involved, I’m afraid. Changes to phonotactics take longer than changes to individual words, so some sound changes happened in English, other sound changes happened in Spanish, and a class of similar source words diverged according to a somewhat regular pattern, which we now codify.
comment Why don't Spanish words start with “sp”?
@PeterTaylor: I’m not really versed in Spanish history, so I can’t answer that. The Iberian peninsula has a rich history of occupation, and occupation tends to result in simplifications. Look at what the Normans did to Old English. So a lot of Latin consonant clusters were reduced in Old Spanish (e.g., acetar from acceptare), and my best guess is that sp just happened to be one of the clusters that survived.