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Padraic Brown wrote:
> Jann svitt svaradhi:
> Is this the nt question? John is quite right, we don't take _those_ kinds
> of questions! ;-D
> Please ask away!
Assuming this means "yes", it is indeed the nt question. The details are
- In Irish, /nt/ reduces to /d/ both internally and as one instance of
eclipsis (nasal mutation). E.g. "cent" for 100 becomes _cead_.
- In Breathanach (and Liotan), the same happens (but only in LF): 100 is
- In Welsh, it's not quite so clear, but we have _canu_ for "to sing",
compared to Latin _cantare_, with the medial /n/ corresponding to the
/nh/ which would result from nasal mutation.
- But in Brithenig, we have _cantar_, preserving the stop medially,
whereas /t/ undergoes nasal mutation to /nh/ initially, as in Welsh.
Put another way, if lenition (soft mutation) operates both medially
between vowels and initially after a word ending in a vowel, is there a
reason why clusters of nasal + stop undergo nasal mutation initially,
but not medially?
Hope this is clear!
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