Vowel sound for ‘ainn’, ‘uinn’, ‘aill’, etc.

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    Marcoman
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    Why is mac – mic, but cat – cait?

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    Héilics Órbhuí
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    Why is mac – mic, but cat – cait?

    I don’t think there is a logical reason for it; it’s just one of the many arbitrary things in language. An expert of language evolution may know there is an actual reason for that, i.e. a categorical preference or aversion to a certain sequence of sounds that would make “maic” highly unlikely.

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    Lughaidh
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    I think nobody knows 🙂 There are things in phonetic evolution that can’t be explained…

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