> Exactly. Both inherited and Latin /au/ give Albanian /a/ (lost when
> initial and unstressed). This can only mean that the name Vlorë is
> neither inherited nor even taken directly from Latin. It _must_ be
> loan from a language (presumably Romance or Slavic) that had /aw/or
> /av/ after Albanian had changed *au to /a/, so that the the secondinterpreted as
> element of the diphthong (or its consonantal reflex) was
> /v/ in Albanian.Or that had changed /au/ to /av/ before Albanian changed /au/ to /a/?