Pronouncing Masoretic Hebrew

Jonathan Bailey jonathan.bailey at
Sat Feb 10 11:44:41 EST 2001

What do people on the list have to say about the pronunciation of Hebrew by the Ben Asher school?

Was Resh aleovelar or uvular? Were Samech and Tet pharyngialized Sin and Tav, just as they are in Arabic? Had that characteristic already died out by the time the vowels were put in? I notice that Samech and Tet have no effect on vocalization. Was Vav a fricative labio dental or just a labial?

Jon Bailey
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