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initial mutation or trigger?

From:Rodlox <rodlox@...>
Date:Friday, October 15, 2004, 7:55
> ============================================== > On Thursday, October 14, 2004, at 04:40 , Rodlox wrote: > > >>> On Thu, Oct 14, 2004 at 11:12:44AM +0200, Rodlox wrote: > >>> becomes: pryn + odd (3rd singular past tense)
> >>> is a "mutation" when it's attached to a word (ie, prynodd), and a > >>> "trigger" when it isn't attached? > [snip] > >> What the heck does a phonetic change like that have to do with
> > > > it sounds like the explanation I got (way earlier) regarding > > triggers...only it's attached to a word.
> Apologies accepted - but you've still left some us mightily confused. If > we are confused, the chances are that you are also. > > I cannot help thinking it would help us all, especially yourself, if made > you made it plainer what you understand by "trigger" and why the mutation > of initial consonants in a language like Welsh seem to suggest triggers. I > am not being critical in saying this, I am trying to be positive and > helpful
I know. okay, I'll use imaginary examples for this... "ron gyrouin edak!" 'ron' being the trigger, turning it from a nice, quiet question about cars, to a matter of life or death (but still a question about cars). or, maybe - "gyrouin ron edak" (I think) as opposed to... "ron'edak gyrouin" in which the 'trigger' has merged with the word that it was affecting...which is what I *had* thought was an initial consonant mutation (becoming "son'edak" in some cases).