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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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The WCL and Gudang forms include the common Pama-Nyungan lenition r > y, absent in Miriam, a Papuan language, where instead m has undergone fortition to b.
Three shorter supplementary chapters follow: chapter 6 discusses what may be inferred about Hittite accent from the effects of prehistoric lenition and fortition of consonants; chapters 7 and 8 treat aspects of accent at the clause level as reflected in the behavior of clitics and in poetic meter.
The occurrence of such features is studied in detail under the category of Phonology under lenition, which includes the softening of a consonant, or fortition, and the hardening of a consonant.
Terms like phonology, morphology, mutation, and lenition are thrown out without definition.
Lenition is thus the process of becoming less strong or more sonorous, as [k] [right arrow] [g].
(1) Word-initial Word-medial Word-final /p/ [p.sup.h]uba 'disease' ?a[p.sup.h]a 'uncle' se[p.sup.h] 'roof /p/ p'u[k.sup.hh]i 'red honey' p'abi ~ p'abi 'gathering' fwafap 'tarantula' /b/ buba 'male' ?aba ~ ?a[beta]a 'sun' dop 'lion' The phoneme /p/ is acoustically distinguishable by either the presence of aspiration or lenition. Word-initially it is most commonly realized as a strongly aspirated [[p.sup.h]].
He looks in turn at accent and vowels: plene versus non-plene spelling, accent and consonants: lenition and fortition, and accent and clauses: clitics and metrics.
In other words, stress "inhibits lenition" (Colantoni & Marinescu 2010:108).
The development of stop gradation can be viewed either as a process of fortition or a process of lenition. In both cases it can be analysed as a phenomenon that was triggered by specific contexts, or one which involved all stops, but was blocked in certain environments.