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Lenition: an stéig vs. an tseacláid

First I didn't understand why there is no lenition happening in "an stéig". But then I remembered the rule that if a word starts with d,t or s and the word before it ends with d,n,t,l or s, there is no lenition. Ok, great.

I looked up seacláid expecting to find the same.
http://www.focloir.ie/en/dictionary/ei/chocolate
But in the example sentences (e.g. "d'ith sí an tseacláid go han-chúramach" and several others) seacláid is lenited behind an and becomes "an tseacláid".
Why?

1 year ago

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The prefixed t in an tseacláid is not an example of lenition; it is a different initial mutation. The historical reason for it can be found here.

1 year ago

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Ahh, there are even more Initial Mutations besides Lenition and Eclipsis! I have not reached that yet in my Irish adventures. Now that makes sense.
Thank you very much!

1 year ago

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