vëlla

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Albanian[edit]

Etymology[edit]

Uncertain.

1) From Proto-Albanian *swe-laudā, *swe representing the reflexive *u (self), and *lauda, from Proto-Indo-European *h₁lewdʰ- (man, people), thus meaning belonging to the same people.[1]

2) From *vëllaz (in plural (Gheg) vëllazën), from *waládža, from Proto-Albanian *(a)waládja, metathesis of *awádlja, from Proto-Indo-European *h₂euh₂ó-dʰli̯os (mother's brother). Same sense development as motër (sister), from *méh₂treh₂ (mother's sister).

3) From Proto-Albanian *h1leudh-, Possibly < *uai-láu(d) (< *suoi- h1loudhi-), an old compound with the reflexive pronoun ve(të) (own, self). The plural stem *vəɫaz- (> vëllezër / vëllazën) can be derived phonetically from *laudźi-.[2] Possibly related to Phrygian vela (vela, family, relatives). A connection to Finnish veli, Estonian veli (brother) (see Proto-Finnic *velji) has been proposed, although this is improbable.

Pronunciation[edit]

Noun[edit]

vëlla m (indefinite plural vëllezër, definite singular vëllai, definite plural vëllezërit)

  1. brother

Declension[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Orel, Vladimir (1998), “vëlla”, in Albanian Etymological Dictionary, Leiden, Boston, Köln: Brill, page 503
  2. ^ Demiraj, Bardhyl (1997) Albanische Etymologien: Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz [Albanian Etymologies: Investigations into the Albanian Inherited Lexicon] (Leiden Studies in Indo-European; 7)‎[1] (in German), Amsterdam, Atlanta: Rodopi