"neirt" versus "nert"
colkitto at sprint.ca
Tue Apr 3 04:35:54 UTC 2001
One can think of some degree of fortition for lenited /l/. This is captured
in spellings such as English Donald, Ronald, Aberfeldy for Scottish Gaelic
Domhnall, Raghnall, Obair Pheallaidh.
> I was thinking of the intitial case, and mis-remembering the rest.
> By the way, I would like to know what a lenited /n/ (or /l/ or /r/)
>actually is, in terms the IPA would understand. My guess, from various
>descriptions I have seen, is that the lenited forms are neutral, the
>unlenited forms palatalized or velarized, as appropriate. (And that in the
>old days when there were four sounds the unlenited forms were long.) But it
>is only a guess. Not much Irish spoken around here.
>Dr. David L. White
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