Yigal Levin Yigal-Levin at utc.edu
Mon Jul 8 11:10:57 EDT 2002

At 05:03 PM 7/8/2002 +0200, Ian Hutchesson wrote:
>It is in the change from one language (or phonetic 
>system) to another that we learn things about 
>pronunciation. We learn from the transliteration of 
>Caesar in Hieroglyphic (and others) that the initial C 
>was pronounced /k/ and not /s/ as we get from the 
>French, or /t$/ as the Italians insist.

This is also true of Talmudic (that is, Roman-Byzantine Period) Hebrew,
which always has a qoph for the latin "c" = qeisar, provinqiyah (=province)

The Hebrew spelling of the French "glosses" used by Rashi in his 12th
century commentaries is a key to medieval French pronunciation.

Dr. Yigal Levin
Dept. of Philosophy and Religion
University of Tennessee at Chattanooga
615 McCallie Avenue
Chattanooga TN 37403-2598

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