Talk:Louis, King of Sicily

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Val is a province, not a Valley[edit]

The Sicilian term Val, italianised in Vallo as in the contemporary name of Mazara del Vallo, doesn't translate as "valley" but as "province" or "prefecture". The more commonly accepted etymology is from the same root of the Arab Wāli, "prefect" or "governor", or Wilayah, "province" or "prefecture". In Italian or in Sicilian "Val"/"Vallo" and "Val/Valle" are clearly distinguished by the gender, e.g. the Sicilian provinces are males, while the valleys are females. In the Italian Wikipedia all of this is explained in detail in the specific page about the Sicilian Vals: https://it.wikipedia.org/wiki/Vallo_di_Sicilia, specifically in the section about etymology. — Preceding unsigned comment added by Aledeniz (talkcontribs) 14:44, 16 August 2015 (UTC)