[Milton-L] Poetry Daily (liquidae and mutae)

Jameela Lares Jameela.Lares at usm.edu
Sat Sep 1 00:15:26 EDT 2007

Interesting.  In modern phonology, l and r are still known as liquids, though m
and n are now called nasals.


Quoting John Geraghty <johnegeraghty at hotmail.com>:

> I'm not sure how far to take this, but may be an interesting topic to pursue
> further.
> "In the technical vocabulary of the Roman grammarians the consonants p, t,
> C, K, q, b, d, g were called mutae mute and the consonants l, m, n, r
> liquidae liquid."
> http://www.orbilat.com/Languages/Latin/Grammar/Latin-Pronunciation-Syllable-
> Accent.html

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