Verbal Lenition Among Young Speakers of Breton: Acquisition and Maintenance

  • Holly J. Kennard


This chapter examines the use of verbal lenition across two generations of Breton speakers: older, traditional speakers aged over 65 and younger new speakers, both adults (aged 20–35) and children (aged 8–15). Despite claims that mutation usage is in decline among new speakers, the data show that young adults use lenition proficiently in this context, in the same way as the older traditional speakers. The children, however, are far from being proficient and still seem to be in the process of acquiring lenition in this context at age 15. Continuation of Breton input beyond the early teenage years therefore appears to be essential if younger new speakers are to gain full proficiency in this feature.


Breton Mutation Age Education 


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  • Holly J. Kennard
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  1. 1.Faculty of Linguistics, Philology & PhoneticsUniversity of OxfordOxfordUK

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