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Why does lenition sometimes seem arbitrary?

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Kame Ayyo’koti:

--- Quote from: Plumps on October 27, 2014, 07:06:20 am ---What we also have to take into account is whether lenition occurs for the ease of speaking or whether it is a grammatical necessity (Wikipedia has a good overview). Although lenition occurs (or has occured) in many languages historically the Celtic language family is one where this has been grammaticalized … and I am inclined to count Na’vi in that group as well.

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Lenition being a grammatical function is interesting, and if that's the case I could accept that as an explanation for why it's sometimes "random."

`Eylan Ayfalulukanä:
MAybe Pawl did something as simple as say a phrase using a new prefix or adposition. If it sounded better to him with lenition, the prefix or adposition was marked to be one that caused lenition. Note that it is possible that a given word doesn't sound better with (or without) lenition in all cases. Maybe, just most of the time.

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