PHONOLOGY: a process of weakening. The diachronic development in (i) can be analyzed as a case of lenition (Hooper (1976), Katamba (1989)):
(i) Latin Italian Spanish French vita vita vida vie 'life' t -> t -> d -> 0Lenition can be explained by referring to the sonority hierarchy: the progression down the sonority hierarchy is from a voiceless stop to a voiced stop before deletion takes place. Lenition can also occur in one language.
|LIT.||Hooper, J. (1976)|
Katamba, F. (1989)