Re: [tied] Re: latin viridis (it was green albanian)

From: Piotr Gasiorowski
Message: 18172
Date: 2003-01-27

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Subject: Re: [tied] Re: latin viridis (it was green albanian)

>> But <virdia> developed, as shown by Miguel, into verdia (a different vowel!) > vearz√£ > varz√£. Everything is OK here

> Is this "e" from verdia the "e" which is today to find in "verde" or is an another vowel?

It was different from /E/ (the Balkan Romance reflex of Latin short /e/ and /ae/). /E/ was initially the lower of the two, and its articulation tended towards "falling" diphthongisation (> /ie/). /e/ was closer and more firmly monophthongal. Presumably a bit like <last> vs. <lest> in some American English accents.

Piotr