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Borrowed as Ottoman Turkishآرناود(arnaud)[1] from the Byzantine Greek ethnonym Ἀρβανίτης (Arbanítēs), after the syllable cluster van was rearranged through metathesis to nav giving the final Turkish forms as Arnavut and Arnaut. The Greek ethnonym is derived from the original term Ἀλβανίτης (Albanítēs) as a process of rhotacism, turning Alv- into Arv-.[2][3] The original ethnonym stems from the name Ἀλβάνος (Albános, Albanian), from Ancient Greek Ἀλβανοί (Albanoí).

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  1. Albanian (person)

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  1. ^ Redhouse, James W. (1890), “آرناود”, in A Turkish and English Lexicon, Constantinople: A. H. Boyajian, page 74
  2. ^ Theißen, Ulrich (2007), p. 90. "Der ursprüngliche Name Ἀλβανίτης (abgeleitet von Ἀλβάνος) wurde im Neugriechischen zu Άρβανίτης [...]. In türkischer Vermittlung erfuhr die Silbe -van- eine Metathese zu -nav-, so dass die türkische Form des Namens für die Albaner arnavut bzw. arnaut Lautet. In dieser Form gelangte das Wort ins Bulgarische (BER I/1971: 15). [The original name Ἀλβανίτης (derived from Ἀλβάνος) became Ἀρβανίτης in Modern Greek [...]. In the transition to Turkish the syllable -van- underwent metathesis to -nav-, so that the Turkish form of the name for the Albanians became Arnavut or Arnaut. In this form, the word came into Bulgarian (BER I / 1971: 15).]"
  3. ^ "Malcolm, Noel. "Kosovo, a short history". London: Macmillan, 1998, p.29 "The name used in all these references is, allowing for linguistic variations, the same: 'Albanenses' or 'Arbanenses' in Latin, 'Albanoi' or 'Arbanitai' in Byzantine Greek. (The last of these, with an internal switching of consonants, gave rise to the Turkish form 'Arnavud', from which 'Arnaut' was later derived.)"