BH transcript/Tiberian phonetics, Churchyard

Lewis Reich LBR at
Thu Sep 24 07:46:17 EDT 1998

On 23 Sep 98, at 20:35, Peter_Kirk at wrote:

> Paradoxically,  the Sephardi (Mountain) Jews in Azerbaijan, when
> speaking their own (Farsi related) language, pronounce a: as open
> o in a more Ashkenazi manner! 

My understanding is that Sephardi pronunciation is supposed to 
distinguish between a quamatz gadol and quamatz katan, but that this 
distinction is less frequently practiced nowadays.

Lewis Reich
LBR at

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