On 30/08/2014 11:55, Pete Bleackley wrote: > Well, to be fair, I didn't say "toss a coin" but "let > the language decide", I was not referring to you when I mention someone who said "Toss a coin." As it came IIRC in an off-list email, I shall not give any names ;) I agree, "let the language decide." So far it has, even to the extent of calling me back if I seem to be forcing something on it that it thinks not right :) But on this point it is being somewhat ambivalent (I think). > ie make the decision on phonaesthetic grounds. I suppose voiced fricatives are more phonaesthetic than voiced plosive. But you may not all agree ;) ======================================================== On 30/08/2014 12:22, Daniel Prohaska wrote: > I agree, but one solution would be to treat secondary > lenition as something that occurs dialectally, or even in > the standard (or as a spreading dominant feature), with > primary lenition-only retained in relic areas. then you > can try out both developments... Nice idea. If I were doing this 50 years or even 25 years ago, I would go off into dialectology. If Britainese covers (more or less) the same areas as English in our world, that would give plenty of scope! But I want to concentrate on the standard language. I have another idea in mind for the post-Britainese day ;) -- Ray ================================== http://www.carolandray.plus.com ================================== "Ein Kopf, der auf seine eigene Kosten denkt, wird immer Eingriffe in die Sprache thun." [J.G. Hamann, 1760] "A mind that thinks at its own expense will always interfere with language".