[Ads-l] kapos and capos

Laurence Horn laurence.horn at YALE.EDU
Mon Dec 9 14:48:05 EST 2019


But despite the cognacy, a capo collar is not for kapos...
https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/06/movies/irishman-costumes.html

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It's the word for 'head' in Italian first (Latin caput), then
metaphorically 'boss' etc.  By most evidence, Latin letter c was pronounced
[k].  The German is Kopf; cognate or, less plausibly, borrowing.

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MARGARET E WINTERS
Former Provost
Professor Emerita - French and Linguistics
Wayne State University
Detroit, MI  48202

mewinters at wayne.edu


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Subject: Re: kapo

As it appears the 'k for c' swap is fairly common [1], isn't "capo" Italian
for boss/head Mafioso?

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