Origin of -ote suffix in Spanish

  • ahvalj

    Senior Member
    Literature and the Web readdress to French (where it is Occitan) and Catalan. The suffix is both augmentative and diminutive. The source should have been *-ottis~-ottus or *-uttis~-uttus. Latin doesn’t seem to have any candidate, but Romance has a number of such emphatic suffixes with long consonants: either newly created or of substrate origin.
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