Re: Apollo (was Re: [tied] Nostradamus and Dumezil)

From: João S. Lopes Filho
Message: 9569
Date: 2001-09-18

This is a good question what I'd like to have an answer...

One of the distinctive sounds of Portugueses are the nasal diphthongs a~w
(written a~o), a~y (written a~es) and o~y (written o~es).

Latin -anum, -onem, -anem > -a~o cf. pa~o "bread" (<panem), le~ao "lion"
(<leonem) alema~o "German" (< Allemanu)
Latin -anes > -a~es cf. ca~es "dogs" (<canes)
Latin -ones > - o~es cf. leo~es "lions" (<leones) ; pavo~es "peacocks'

----- Original Message -----
From: Max Dashu <maxdashu@...>
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Sent: Tuesday, September 18, 2001 3:00 AM
Subject: Re: Apollo (was Re: [tied] Nostradamus and Dumezil)

> <Galician is so closely related to Portuguese that some linguists prefer
> regard the <two as dialects of a single language -- yet Galician sounds
> more like Spanish than it <does like Portuguese.
> All right then, what makes Portuguese sound so distinctive? Is it a
> Lusitanian or other Iberian substrate, or some Punic or Moorish
> phonological influence, or is the Celtic element stronger, which the
> comparison to Galician might suggest, or did the Suevi get in there? None,
> other, or any combination of the above?
> Max
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