Sunday, December 10, 2023

Lexember, Day 09: comprao

The l in the infinitive ending in Bad Romance and the resultant o in Gothic Romance are from a dissimilation rule that kicks in after Romance Novelle, in which two r’s cannot coexist in adjacent syllables, so ostensibly all verbs with r in the final stem syllable have infinitives in -ao where we would normally find -ra. Meanwhile the final o is from another Bad Romance era rule that turns pre-consonantal and word-final /l/ into /u/.

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