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Re: lenition was: Re: aspirated m?

From:Stephen Mulraney <ataltanie@...>
Date:Monday, November 22, 2004, 12:59
Stephen Mulraney wrote:

Replying to myself to correct some hideous editing oversights
(including one that made a sentence meaningless - otherwise I'd
just let it pass!)

> I think 'aspiration' used to mean 'fricativisation' was a > widespead and rather old-fashioned sin, and wasn't confined > to Celtic studies. > > In modern Irish (and in Scots Gaelic) orthography, a |h| in > spelling after another consonant letter indicates what's > natively called 'seimhiú' (using the Irish term anyway). The > best English-language name I know for it is 'lenition', since > it originally arose from the becoming-lenis (a vague word for > 'weak') of consonants between vowels, and between a vowel and > an approximant. > > In anycase, it's broader than a change from stop to fricative: > depending on dialect, the result can been an approximant too.
*can be*
> In the case of |mh|, it's (depending on dialect) and quality
depending on dialect and quality
> ('narrow' or 'broad' - roughly palatalised or not) either [w] or
( ...............................................) it's either ...
> [v] (or perhaps better [B], I'm not sure). I *think* that in > all dialects the graph |mh| is always the same as the graph |mh|
all dialects the graph |mh| is always the same as the graph |bh| (!!)
> (in phonetic realisation I mean :)). I'm not sure though.
Appy polly loggies. s.
> -- > To be sure Stephen Mulraney > to be sure > >