Realization of /s/ in Latin

By sinalefa, in 'Pronunciation, Spelling and Listen to Latin', Mar 7, 2012.

  1. sinalefa New Member

    Apparently, Latin /s/ was pronounced as an apical, that is, with the tip of the tongue, like northern Spaniards pronounce their /s/ today.

    Do you know anything about it? Arguments in favor or against?

    See here for a related discussion.
  2. Manus Correctrix QVAE CORRIGIT

    • Civis Illustris
    Ah, yes, that thread makes the good point that lack of /ʃ/ tends to lead to /s/ having an apico-alveolar articulation. I suppose this would make the rhotacisation of medial /s/ more likely to occur too.

    It does seem fairly likely then. Impossible to know either way, and I don’t think we have additional evidence on this point.

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