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Re: Language change among immortals

From:John Vertical <johnvertical@...>
Date:Saturday, November 26, 2005, 21:05 wrote:

>From what I've seen, the purpose of language evolution is to speed >thought or speech. For example, AOLspeak is faster to type than real >English.
Are you really saying that all sound changes are lenition? How would you explain sound changes like [r] -> [R\] (French / German), [ts] -> [T:] -> [ts] (Finnish) or [i:] -> [ai] (English)? John Vertical