lenition

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le·nite

 (lə-nīt′)
v. le·nit·ed, le·nit·ing, le·nites
v.intr.
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).
v.tr.
To cause (a consonant sound) to lenite.

le·ni′tion (-nĭsh′ən) n.

lenition

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

le•ni•tion

(lɪˈnɪʃ ən)

n.
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]
Translations
Lenierung
lenición
lénition
lenizione
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Numerous processes of assimilation, on the other hand, may be explained in terms of lenitions (e.
From a hearer-oriented perspective, dissimilarity would at first sight appear to be as counter- productive as lenitions are when viewed against the principles which underlie fortitions.
Les cas les plus typiques de ce genre de changement sont les lenitions (affaiblissement d'un son)(6) et les assimilations (par exemple en latin vulgaire octo devient en italien otto , huit ) (Hock 1991: 631-633).
Cathedra a subi une succession complexe de lenitions pour aboutir, plusieurs siecles plus tard, a chaire .
En ce qui concerne le changement linguistique, les demandes conflictuelles d'economie et de clarte sont enfermees perpetuellement dans le meme parcours: (i) usure phonetique irreversible (les lenitions et pertes de segments) (ii) amplification semantactique (l'adjonction de matiere lexicale pour assurer la bonne transmission du message) (iii) fusion (creation de nouvelles unites lexicales a partir d'anciens composes) (i) usure phonetique, etc.
Trois des quatre changements mentionnes ci-dessus sont des lenitions (Martinet 1964: 257; Hock 1991: 80-86; Trask 1996: 55-60).