Re: Lugdunum > Lyon?
|From:||R A Brown <ray@...>|
|Date:||Friday, January 19, 2007, 17:21|
Benct Philip Jonsson wrote:
> Does anyone have an idea how _Lugdûnum_ (Vulgar Latin
> /log'dunom/) could become _Lyon_ /ljo~/.
Not at the moment :)
> It seems to violate
> a number of Latin-to-French sound laws! I would have
> expected _Loudun_ /lud9~/. Based on _frig'dus_ > _froid_ and
> the usual vowel developments.
There were several other places called 'Lugdunum' in Gaul. One of them
is indeed _Loudun_; it's in in the Vienne département and in the
Poitou-Charentes région of France.
> Perhaps it is regular for Franco-Provençal?
Don't know - but clearly not every Lugdunum developed the same way,
since besides Lyon(s) and Loudun, we have also _Laon_ in the Aisne
département and Lans[lebourg] which IIRC is now a ski resort. Clearly we
are dealing with dialectal difference; we can't expect names all over
Gaul to have developed the same way as the sound changes Francien :)
Nid rhy hen neb i ddysgu.
There's none too old to learn.