What are 'Initial Consonant Mutations'?
I read the Wikipedia article about Irish Initial Consonant Mutations, but it was a little complicated, and I still don't really understand.
Can anyone explain it a little more succinctly?
Basically a "initial consonant mutation" is when the first consonant of the word changes to some other consonant. As for Irish, the first consonant of that word changes depending on what word goes before it. There are two types of these mutations in Irish: Lenition and Eclipsis
Lenition is usually when the first consonant of the word changes from a stop (p, t, k, m, etc.) to a fricative (f, th, ch, etc.).
Eclipsis is when a consonant is added before the first consonant of the word, changing the pronunciation of the first consonant to that consonant. For example, the word "Paris" changes to "bParis" (pronounced the same thing as "Paris" but with a "b" sound instead of a "p" sound) after specific words.
I hope that this helped you understand the concept much better.
Eclipsis and lenition are initial mutations. These two skills are covered a little further down in the course. Don't forget to look at the tips & notes sections on these skills when you get there, because they tell you most of the situations when they should be used. They're tricky at first, but it'll get easier as you practice
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