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Re: mutation and rinya

From:Nik Taylor <fortytwo@...>
Date:Saturday, August 7, 1999, 15:57
Daniel Andreasson wrote:
> So lenition is the first stage, stop > fricative? What's 'eclipsed'? > Where did the approximants go? And how does f > b? > Is it that p > f *or* p > b? I'm not sure I understand your table.
Both. Both mutations exist. Certain words trigger lenition, and other eclipsis. The name "eclipses" comes from the orthography - it's written bp, etc., the b "eclipsing" the p. For instance, _teach_ (/t_jax/, IIRC) is "house". My house is "mo theach" (/mo hax/, IIRC), Our house is "ar dteach" (/ar d_jax/, I think). That is, "mo" is a word that causes lenition, while "ar" is a word that causes eclipses. -- "[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." -- William Caxton ICQ: 18656696 AIM Screen-Name: NikTailor