Jerusalem, definitions

George Athas gathas at mail.usyd.edu.au
Wed Sep 8 20:01:42 EDT 1999


peter_kirk at sil.org wrote:

> Sorry, I was misled by the Turkish and Azerbaijani forms which are
> indeed "Misir", and are derived from the Arabic but apparently with a
> small change. But the point still holds that the Arabic form is from
> the root MCR. I guess that the s in "Misra" is an emphasised
> (pharyngealised) form (the one often transliterated with a dot
> underneath) corresponding to the Hebrew Tsade - can anyone confirm
> that?

Yes, it is indeed. The correct pronunciation would be:   MITSR

Best.
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GEORGE ATHAS
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