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N. lhaes n. “babe” (Category: Infant)

⚠️N. lhaes, n. “babe” (Category: Infant)
S. gwinig “little-one, baby”

A noun appearing as N. lhaes “babe” in The Etymologies of the 1930s derived from the root ᴹ√LAP (Ety/KEM).

Neo-Sindarin: This word is sometimes adapted to Neo-Sindarin as ᴺS. laes, for example in Hiswelókë’s Sindarin Dictionary (HSD). This updated form is the usual revision of the voiceless initial lh of Noldorin to voiced l in Sindarin. However, this is not the only phonological difficulty in this word. For example, there is some evidence that in Sindarin, the vocalization of spirantalized p is to u rather than i, suggesting ᴺS. *laus. There is also evidence that voiceless stops didn’t vocalize before s in Sindarin, but rather became simple spirants, as in ach “neck” < aks, suggesting instead *laph. In this case, I think it is best to avoid all these complexities and just use the 1968 word S. gwinig for “baby”.

Reference ✧ Ety/LAP ✧ “babe”



Phonetic Developments

ᴹ√LAP > lhaes [lapse] > [lapsa] > [laɸsa] > [laisa] > [lais] > [l̥ais] > [l̥aes] ✧ Ety/LAP