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763Re: Motivations of Initial Consonant Mutation (was Re: Initial consonant mutation in Sindarin prepositional phrases)

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  • Carl F. Hostetter
    Dec 2, 2004
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      As a follow-up to the discussion of the motivation of Initial Consonant
      Mutation, both generally and in the specific cases of _vi Menel_ and
      _bo Ceven_, note the following quite explicit statement by Tolkien

      "though of _phonetic_ origin, [lenitions] are used _grammatically_, and
      so may occur or be absent in cases where this is not phonetically
      justified by descent"

      Carl F. Hostetter Aelfwine@... http://www.elvish.org

      ho bios brachys, he de techne makre.
      Ars longa, vita brevis.
      The lyf so short, the craft so long to lerne.
      "I wish life was not so short," he thought. "Languages take such
      a time, and so do all the things one wants to know about."
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