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Latin minimal pairs, distinguished only by the length of the vowel in an unstressed non-last syllable

The verb nĭteō "shine" is only used in the active, and the verb nītor "strive" only in the passive (it's deponent), so at first glance it seems like there won't be confusion ...
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How to pronounce "Roterodamus"?

Actually the syllaba paenultima of this word is treated as anceps in Neo-Latin verse – so Neo-Latin authors would have said either Roteródamus or Roterodámus. Here are two examples from the many poems ...
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Latin minimal pairs, distinguished only by the length of the vowel in an unstressed non-last syllable

Here are two more examples: From vĕnire and vēnire we get vĕnīmus and vēnīmus. From occĭdere and occīdere we get occĭdentes and occīdentes.
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Latin minimal pairs, distinguished only by the length of the vowel in an unstressed non-last syllable

It barely matters if it's stressed. Sometimes the stressed vowel is short. I really recommend this channel: https://www.youtube.com/@ScorpioMartianus These are quite common homographs: āeris: "of ...
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