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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.
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(Phonetics & Phonology) the weakening of the articulation of a consonant sound, esp in a Celtic language
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(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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Sanchez demonstrates this variation, and more than "on the odd occasion" by inserting indicators of aspiration, where an "s" would be pronounced (a voiceless glottal fricative, /h/, that is, debuccalization).
80, 93, 127), "oral depletion" (for "debuccalization"; pp.
The phonological effects of lenition, stated broadly, are that stops and m become continuants (fricatives or glides), coronal obstruents (t, d, and s) become laryngeal or dorsal (a phenomenon known as "debuccalization"), and f is deleted.
Recall that the lenition of coronals is manifested by debuccalization, interpreted by Ni Chiosain (1991) as the delinking of the coronal node.
Other scholars attempted to explain the -h- as the outcome of a geminated -ss- (which in turn is the expected MI outcome of the OI sequence -sy-) by assuming a series of two sound changes: 1) a degemination -ss- > -s-, and 2) a debuccalization -s- > -h-.
Indeed the author assumes that the morph -hi- appeared at first in the future stems of the set type in -isya- through the development -isya- > -isi- (sampras[a.bar]rana) > -ihi- (debuccalization of s between identical vowels).
Another type of promotion that may be relevant here is "debuccalization", the loss of the primary oral articulation (cf.
After all, many phonetically "natural" and/or crosslinguistically common sound changes are much more likely to occur in one direction than the other, e.g., debuccalization, rhotacism of *z > *r, palatalization of velars before front vocalics, etc.
(This representation is not trivial since it would account for the debuccalization of fricatives to [h] in many languages.) The broader generalization in (49) would wrongly predict the lack of fricatives before (word-medial) stressless vowels.