ela geminada

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Alternative forms[edit]


ela geminada f (plural eles geminades)

  1. the Latin script combination ⟨l·l⟩ (uppercase ⟨L·L⟩)
    Coordinate terms: ela doble, ela palatal

Usage notes[edit]

  • The ela palatal is used in Catalan to represent the palatal lateral /ʎ/ with a digraph ll, so to indicate where a doubled alveolar lateral is intended /l.l/, a punt volat ( · , interpunct) is placed between the two ells to form an ela geminada (literally geminated ell).
  • Examples of words with ela geminada include excel·lent, paral·lel, and il·legal.
  • Some Catalan speakers do not distinguish the pronunciation of a simple l and the ela geminada, both being pronounced /l/.
  • It never occurs at the beginning of a word. The form *“L·l” does not exist.