vëlla

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Albanian[edit]

Pronunciation[edit]

Etymology[edit]

From *vëllaz (in plural (Gheg) vëllazën), from *waládža, from Proto-Albanian *(a)waládja, metathesis of *awádlja, from *h₂euh₂ó-dʰli̯os ‘mother's brother’. Same sense development as motër ‘sister’, from *méh₂treh₂ ‘mother's sister’. Alternatively from Proto-Indo-European *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-.[1]. Possibly related to Phrygian vela 'family, relatives' and perhaps Estonian veli (brother).

Noun[edit]

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

  1. brother

References[edit]

  1. ^ Albanische Etymologien (Untersuchungen zum albanischen Erbwortschatz), Bardhyl Demiraj, Leiden Studies in Indo-European 7; Amsterdam - Atlanta 1997