Re: mutation and rinya
|From:||Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>|
|Date:||Friday, August 6, 1999, 23:31|
Daniel Andreasson wrote:
> What exactly is the difference between lenition, soft mutation,
> nasal mutation (the Pinocchio syndrome :) and any other sort
> of mutation?
Well, lenition is a "weakening" of the segment, usually something like
stop --> fricative --> approximate (I think), so that t --> s would be
lenition. I think that it also may include voicing, so that t --> d
would also fall in that. I think that soft mutation is just another
name for lenition. Nasal mutation is mutation that's caused by a nasal
consonant (altho the consonant may be gone now). For instance ...m p...
becoming ...m b..., or ...m b... becoming ...m m...
> I'm feeling somewhat confused here. Someone feel like helping
> me out, please?
Well, here's an example from Irish (phonemic, not orthographic):
Normal Lenition Eclipsed
p f b
t h d
k x g
b v m
d G n
g G N
f [silent] v
But, I don't know what the origins were of these mutations.
> Because then uni starts and taking both
> Linguistics 102 and The history of the nordic languages 101
Hmm, I see your conlang taking a decidedly Nordic direction. :-)
"[H]e axed after eggys: And the goode wyf answerde, that she coude not
speke no Frenshe ... And then at last a nother sayd that he woulde haue
hadde eyren: then the goode wyf sayd that she vnderstood hym wel." --
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