Re: [tied] tt/st/ss

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 48968
Date: 2007-06-13

On 2007-06-12 20:39, stlatos wrote:

> The dim. ra:stellus not -illus makes it seem late.

All is regular here. The treatment of secondary syllabic *r. and *l. in
Latin was different! The former yielded *er _before_ the rhotic was
assimilated --

*-tr-elo- > *-tr.lo- > *-terlo- > -tellu-

Similarly, ager, sacer < *agr.s, *sakr.s < agros, sakros, and agellus <
*agerlos < *agr.los < agrelos

-- whereas secondary *l. and *n. developed *i before the sonorant, hence
tignus : tigillus, po:culum : po:cillum.