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v. le·nit·ed, le·nit·ing, le·nites
To undergo an increase in sonority or become lenis. Said of consonant sounds, as when (p) changes to (b), (b) to (v), or (v) to (w).
To cause (a consonant sound) to lenite.

le·ni′tion (-nĭsh′ən) n.


(Phonetics & Phonology) the weakening of the articulation of a consonant sound, esp in a Celtic language


(lɪˈnɪʃ ən)

a phonological process that weakens consonant articulation at the ends of syllables or between vowels, causing the consonant to become voiced or pronounced as a fricative.
[1910–15; < Latin lēnī(re) (see lenient) + -tion]
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The development of stop gradation can be viewed either as a process of fortition or a process of lenition.
In phonology, lenition is the tendency of a language to soften consonant sounds.
The Sw and Klk forms show that w in itself would have had to go through a lenition process from an original bilabial nasal: *m > w.
There are some problems in comparing the two versions, however, because the spoken version is hyper-articulated, while the sung text displays considerable lenition, characteristic of song.
3) The Old English spelling (and pronunciation) of this Brittonic name is interesting, since both unstressed syllables of the compound *Catu-mand-os are dropped, by syncope of the composition vowel and by apocope of the inflectional ending (> Late British Cad[mu]ann, with lenition of the originally intervocalic */m/as*/v/in the environment of the voiced stop/d/) (cf.
The specific historical changes are either through lenition (as assumed by most scholars) or fortition (Gordon 1998).
It will be shown that a constraint requiring a coronal consonant to be followed by another coronal consonant is responsible for the blocking of lenition at the junction of two coronals (Coronal Blocking) and for the exceptional change of s to t (instead of expected h) in certain environments (s-Fortition).
In other Murriny Patha songs, one finds lenition of stops, elision of syllables, lengthening of vowels and sometimes diphthongisation of simple vowels, but one will also encounter these phenomena in so-called rapid or connected (that is, normal) speech.
The penultimate chapter ("Lenition" 57-69) addresses lenition which is ".
Thus labial, total and voicing assimilations are exemplified and what follows is a listing of various lenition types.
there are differing degrees of lenition, flapping, vowel-rounding, or whatever the process is, rather than an either-or situation.