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Was Medieval Latin <lh> a palatal lateral like in Portuguese?
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Dingbat
2017-06-09 02:58:47 UTC
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Was Medieval Latin <lh> a palatal lateral like in Portuguese?

Dictionary.com, in its entry for alidade, says:

1400-50; variant of alhidade < Medieval Latin alhidada < Arabic al-ʿiḍādah

http://www.dictionary.com/browse/alidade
Christian Weisgerber
2017-06-09 14:42:46 UTC
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Was Medieval Latin <lh> a palatal lateral like in Portuguese?
That seems a strange question.
Post by Dingbat
1400-50; variant of alhidade < Medieval Latin alhidada < Arabic al-ʿiḍādah
I think that's the transcription of a pharyngeal fricative [ʕ] in
the Arabic, so it is eminently likely that the Latin form approximated
that consonant with [h].

I have no idea why you want to tie Portuguese orthography into this.
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Christian "naddy" Weisgerber ***@mips.inka.de
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