Initial Mutations: Eclipsis

An eclipsis or an úrú happens when the sound of a consonant is replaced — or “eclipsed” — by a different sound. This is indicated by writing the new letter or letters in front of the first consonant of the word. These “eclipsing” letters are always written lowercase.

b – mb, c – gc, d – nd, f – bhf

g -ng, p – bp, t – dt

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