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What is lenition in English?

What is lenition in English?

In linguistics, lenition is a sound change that alters consonants, making them more sonorous. The word lenition itself means “softening” or “weakening” (from Latin lēnis ‘weak’).

What is the purpose of lenition?

Its function is to make speaking easier and also to make sentences more precise. Séimhiú, lenition, is indicated in modern-day Irish with a letter h after the first consonant of a word.

Why does lenition occur?

The cause of lenition was generally in Early Irish the position of the consonant between two vowels, as well as within the word as over the word “limits.” If the word ended in a vowel and the next began in a consonant + vowel (which was mostly the case), this consonant was now between 2 vowels and was lenited.

How do you know when to put ah in Irish?

The letters that are placed at the start of words are known as either a séimhiú or an urú .

  • In Irish this change is shown by adding a h after the first consonant in the word.
  • An urú eclipses the start of the word, which changes the sound of the word just like a séimhiú does, but in a different way.
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